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Today my Facebook feed is riddled with much fear and confusion and as much as I’d love to just complete this Buzzfeed “The Hardest National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation Quiz You’ll Ever Take” quiz – To remain silent would be wrong.
Friends praising the now 14, and growing, state governors that have written President Obama to attempt to opt out of their state receiving any (or anymore) Syrian refugees, my own state’s (TN) Caucus Chairman (Glen Casada) suggesting that we take the national guard and round up the refugees we currently have here. A reaction to fear, a terrible place to make decisions from.
I get it, it’s scary as hell with the recent attacks in Paris… But either this was a good idea or a bad idea, well before these attacks and thus merited action from these governors well before now.
Then there’s the opposite side of the coin;
Folks that feel like the only Christian response is to open our borders to any and all seeking asylum. Folks saying that it’s “the Christian thing to do”.
So here’s the hard fact;
You CAN NOT have it both ways. Either you want a Godly moral (God inspired) response or you don’t.
You can not take down the Ten Commandments, remove Jesus from schools, suspend coach Joe Kennedy in Washington for leading prayer after games, ignore the warnings of homosexualty being sinful (and legalize gay marriage) and then expect a moral ‘Christian’ response from a nation that you’ve tried to turn away from all the things of God. You can’t remove the compass and expect to find your way home, so to speak.
What does a Christ like response look like?
I do not know all the answers, I do know that decisions made from a place of fear are dangerous and suspect that if Jesus were walking the earth at this time, you may just find Him in the midst of these refugees. Sharing love and living life with them. Come Lord Jesus
It’s a fantastic time of year; we celebrate Christ coming as a babe to earth, with the sole purpose to live out a life without the hypocrisy that is so common to us all and give His life to redeem the world – So that we may be reconciled to right standing with God.
Immanuel, God with us.
Awoke at 2am with so many things on my mind;
From The Interview streaming online (Sony deciding it would stand up to threats of harm from it’s hackers) and international tensions stressing with N Korea, the 800 million people without clean water worldwide (and how that looks on the ground level; mothers without the option that have to give their babies water they know is killing them, the 40 billion hours that is invested each year walking to gather dirty water in Africa… What could we do if we could reclaim that time?), the media here in the US pushing the killings by cop of unarmed citizens to then do a 180 on their coverage when public outrage turns to executing cops in the streets…
This photo of a protester struck a strong cord with me, the fact that ANYONE could make this statement is heartbreaking and it got me thinking; Who are my heros?
All my heros pour out their lives for others; they’re marked by their passion to impact the world for change, known for their selflessness and admired for their vulnerability and love. A lot of cops fit this bill, as do a lot of stay at home moms and… That’s the beauty of it, all that’s required is to love those around you well.
I hope you have a very merry Christmas. I hope it’s filled with those who you love and service. I hope you’re inspired and I hope you seek out to restore dignity, fight against the legacy of unimportance so many we interact with on a daily basis live in and the Ministry of reconciliation
Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation.
2 Corinthians 5:18-19