These Treacherous Times

This is a very difficult topic to write about, particularly in this polarized, contemptuous climate in our country. But I do feel compelled and called to address this as it’s happening in real time, and needs attention by those of us claiming Christianity as our way of life.

I have cried so much these past few weeks. I have been involved in more arguments and misunderstandings via text, phone, and social media than I can count. I have “liked” all of my professors and colleagues posts on empathy and compassion for refugees, and felt my stomach physically turn seeing glaringly opposite posts from those I know who defiantly claim America first. All of these people are Christians. Some quote Jesus’ verses about loving our neighbors as ourselves, and some claim staunch nationalism and lack of concern about the refugees. Again, all of these people claim Christ on their hearts. It is such a quandary to read the words from Jesus Christ’s mouth, express them, and for those words of His to be thrown back like a weapon, as if they don’t apply in this situation. I couldn’t be more convicted that I am to love refugees as myself. But I have sweet friends who do not see it that way. Who’s right, who’s wrong?

I don’t want to cry disheartened tears, or wonder anymore who is seeking what, and whose agenda is being followed. I know Jesus’ words. I trust the ones lashing out know them too, they just see the world completely opposite. So, what are we to do? I don’t have an answer unfortunately. Things are just so explosive and quickly responded to online, it’s certainly seeming to me to be more a curse than a blessing, particularly in this arc of intensity.

I see wholeheartedly why atheists have given up on belief in God after seeing Christians attacking each other online just this past week. Ultimately, it hurts everyone. All I know to do to proceed is give my heart to those in need, and follow the commandment Jesus spoke: “Love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love the neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”

In order to reach some level of peace within our faith communities, and be a positive example for the world at large, the rage and arguing needs to cease, and we must accept that we just disagree amongst ourselves. Truly this is the only avenue I can see to achieve some sense of unity. And as always, my hope, my prayer, my pilot light is that LOVE does and will prevail.

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  1. Like you, I am wondering what is happening. But as an immigrant, I do understand the difficulties in deciding who can and cannot come into the country. My (American) wife and I had lived in my home country for 20 years, and when we wanted to make the move to the U.S, it was extremely frustrating dealing with all the paperwork and requests and costs and delays – at the end of which you might still be denied access.
    As a Christian, I also believe in the rule of law. Unless that law goes against what God has asked. But the laws on immigration are not against God’s will. The current limit set is not against Muslims in general, but to PEOPLE from countries where a lot of terrorists come from.
    As an imam said on NPR some time ago, with heaviness of heart, “Not all Muslims are terrorists. But, unfortunately, the majority of terrorists are Muslims.”

    This is not a which hunt, as some seem to describe it.Any government that wants to protect its people will make decisions where a segment of society disagrees.

    As a believer, I am called to love my neighbor as myself, and to love and pray for enemies. I do not see our current government as an enemy (nor as a friend), but that means they need prayers more.

    And, as the author has expressed, the fact that common courtesy has left the land, should never have a same impact on God’s people! Our thoughts, and the way we express those, should not be filled with hate and disrespect. Our exchanges should be reasoned, and respectful of those who disagree,
    “But he/she started it…” should only be answered with a , “so what?” That is not our problem! Our problem and responsibility is to be imitators of God. As something that will help in that? Don’t use pseudonyms, but sign your real name! It is amazing how much more you think before and how you write…