November 24, 2015

Stop Acting Like You Have the Refugee Crisis Figured Out!

by Jordan Standridge

Judging from Facebook and Twitter, It seems like everyone has the Refugee crisis figured out. Very few have come up with a balanced and cautious view like this one. It seems like most people including Christians are on either extreme of the pendulum. Some say things like.

You should let everyone in! Jesus wouldn’t deny anyone. Quit being a coward!

Or.

You shouldn’t let anyone in! You need to protect America from the terrorist, do you want another Paris?

I think its OK for us to sit down, take a deep breath and actually say “I have no idea what the right thingshut up and pray to do is.”

Our government seemed to possibly make the right call for once, and that is to take a quick pause and say “based on the fact that several people shouting Allahu Akbar just murdered over a hundred French people in public, we need to rethink and make sure we want to take in others who like saying Allahu Akbar a lot.” The dilemma lies in the fact that 25% of muslims in the world (if we believe the lady in this video and just simple math) are actively trying to murder those who are not. That leaves 75% who are probably harmless and whom we (if we have the means) probably should help!

No one person has the right answer yet, and it’s probable that if our government continues down the path that it’s been going that it will make the wrong call, but that doesn’t change the fact that you don’t know better than the government that God has sovereignly put into place. So here are my three suggestions on what we should do next regarding the Refugee Crisis.

  • Pray for the government

Pray that our government will do what God has intended it to do, and that is to protect it’s citizens and todc promote freedom. We can get very discouraged with the way that America, and the world is going, but that doesn’t mean that we should stop praying. Let’s pray that God would guide our government to make decisions not based on political gain but rather, to do what God has instituted them to do, and that is to protect its people and to punish evil. Let’s not pridefully assume we understand all the nuances of foreign relations, how to protect citizens spread over 3.8 million square miles, and how to care for starving and dying children, and let’s pray that God would guide those who actually have the authority to make the decisions.

  • Pray for the refugees

Can you imagine having to leave your house, your country and culture because of brutality from your

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own countrymen? We must have a level of compassion for these people, and our hearts must break for the evil of sin and its effects. Our hearts should break over the effects of false religion. It should cause us to want to kill sin in our own life and to desire for others to come to know Christ, the only one who can guarantee hope in the midst of a sin infested world. We must ask the Lord for wisdom in knowing how we can help these people, while remembering that their soul is infinitely more valuable than their body.

  • Evangelize everyone

Be ready to share you faith with everyone around you, regardless of color, culture or religion. The Refugee Crisis may bring unforeseen opportunities for evangelism. We don’t know when death is coming for us, and we must do the only thing that we cannot do in heaven. That is to bring the good news to the lost. The disciples, despite the threat of death continued preaching Christ even more boldly than before (Acts 5:40-42). The disciples didn’t know who they were evangelizing. They didn’t size up someone before sharing the gospel with them. Philip didn’t ask himself if the Ethiopian eunuch was dangerous before he shared the gospel with him. Are you going to make sure that someone doesn’t have a bomb strapped to their chest every time before you share the gospel with them? We must get past our fear, and our prejudice and learn to trust in God’s sovereignty. Whatever he allows to pass will be for our good, so we must continue to run the race regardless of how dangerous it might be.  Pray that through all of this that your heart for the lost would only be amplified and that your fear of the Lord would trump any fear of man you may have.

Jordan Standridge

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Jordan is a pastoral associate at Immanuel Bible Church in Springfield, VA, where he leads the college ministry. He is also the founder of The Foundry Bible Immersion. You can find his personal blog at surrender.us.
  • I get the point, good writing. The images aren’t rendering, not sure if broken links or what. Could be a problem on my end. By the way, I want you to join me for the Super Bowl this year, brother. http://sfoi.org/super-bowl/sbo-16/

    Please consider it, or at least passing it on to people you pastor.

    • Jordan Standridge

      I’ll look into it thanks Michael.

  • Ira Pistos

    I pray, and I don’t mean that figuratively, that the clarity of thought and the humanity displayed here by Jordan, Jesse and Eric regarding this dilemma be adopted by the leaders of our worlds nations.

    Wherever we believe these things may be headed, I believe this line of prayer to be in accordance with the will of God.

    • Jordan Standridge

      Thanks Ira.

  • Arty Dodger

    That stat about radical Muslims seems high. Where did she get that stat?

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  • John Larson

    Some great thoughts. No easy Answers. Love and wisdom must join hands and search for not one solutions, but a number of solutions for differing situations.

  • Chaylon

    Im going to have to disagree on a small but profound point I believe you are making (although I agree with your suggestions Jordan).

    You said “no one man has the right answer”. How do you know? You said “you don’t know better than the government “. Again, are you sure about that? Governments have gone astray in times past.

    I think my point is, Christians are going to have all sorts of perspectives on this political issue. You nor I can be certain that we or the government have the “right answer”. We’re certainly all entitled to our opinions guided by our conscience, shaped by the Scriptures. And if my opinion leads me to believe that no refugees should be allowed into the United States, I think that that should be a perfectly acceptable Christian opinion. And if I want to be loud about that position, that is my right as an American citizen and it is no shame as a Christian. Maybe Jordan you and I were saying the same thing and I’m just misreading you.

    Also I would like to address the call to prayer for the refugees: Of course we can pray for the refugees coming out of Syria. But we could just as easily pray for gang-repressed Salvadorian citizens, the Christians in Saudi Arabia or North Korea, or those Christian leaders held in China. We could pray for the untouchables in india. In other words there are repressed and distressed people groups all over the world. What about the Christians in north and central Africa who are being butchered at every turn. I think my point here is I don’t want to have the focus of my prayer life dictated by a president with whom I profoundly disagree over a refugee crisis which he has largely caused through what I consider to be inept foreign policy for a people group who have no larger claim whatsoever over some of the other groups I mentioned.

  • 4Commencefiring4

    We already know two things:
    1. ISIS gave us advanced warnings that they intended to infiltrate the refugee flood with their own operatives.
    2. They did it.

    That’s what those in police work used to call “clues.” I’ve heard all the WWJD arguments, but it’s all speculation since Jesus was never faced with this kind of issue–or a host of other ones we in the 21st century must sort out.

    The nation cannot be protected by good intentions alone. It must act on all information available, even if that means someone might feel marginalized. Didn’t Obama say, regarding gun control measures, that we must do whatever it takes to save even one life? Funny how that sentiment is nowhere to be found with regard to refugees and ISIS.

    Could it be the president is assuming refugees who get in will eventually vote Democratic, so that trumps every other consideration? Naah. He wouldn’t be that Machiavellian.

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  • scatcatpdx

    You are partially right on the response below pray for government, pray for the refugees and evangelize. At the same time I see this posts as red herring not address real issue when there is truly a disagreement among bothers over government policies. I do not see i.e. the Republican conservative, being right, not on basis of protecting citizens but a long policy of anti immigrant populism. I dare say based on writing of a white supremacist https://www.heartland.org/sites/all/modules/custom/heartland_migration/files/pdfs/4377.pdf. I say this not likely but a person who left the Republican party over this because my beliefs as a Christ could not support this. IT almost make me want to support the democrats or at least I will be voting libertarian.

  • tovlogos

    Amen, Jordan. I would say:

    “That leaves 75% who are probably harmless and whom we (if we have the means) probably should help!”

    I would say this assertion is a serious leap into what may be a profound miscalculation — especially if you consider Islamic theology, and eschatology.

    We know that all false religions lead to damnation, including Islam. Still, of course we should pray without ceasing for a number of things and reasons while we are in the flesh. When Jesus prayed to forgive them…they know not what they do; we know that those who did not repent would perish; yet He still prayed. Yes, as we pray God also looks at our hearts. If we are filled with light, and walking in the Spirit, we cannot hate; and we can possess the love that characterizes God.

    However, in Luke 4:29, here we go again — people were trying to murder Jesus before His time. He got away again, perhaps miraculously. Humans do have to use the God-given wisdom to see the “writing” when it on the proverbial wall.

    Islamic theology, for a change, copied the Biblical mandate to evangelize the world, making disciples; however, the Islamic spin has Muslims seeking to dominate the world, by the sword if necessary; and that’s not the sword of the Spirit. There is no question that virtually every Muslim faithful to the Qur’an desires the world to be under a Caliphate — which unites the cause célèbre of all Muslims. There is nothing wrong with a little competition; but when a Muslim loses an argument, you know what potentially happens.

    Our job pans out to the great commission — why would we invite such a harsh adversary in our midst?

    It just so happens that there are many competent experts that have excellent practical solutions to the current problems, military advisors for one. I have heard several argument for “safe zones” that really seems equitable. Notwithstanding, I have heard rational assessments pointing to the refugees crisis resulting directly from a failure of proper leadership. I don’t believe that no one knows what to do — I believe that a world bereft of God and His wisdom has made incalculable blunders that only God can fix. Yet while Christianity is being removed from the surface of the earth; Islam, atheism, are being celebrated; and the president of the united states is insisting that high school boys have a right to bathe with naked girls in school locker rooms; our prayers will serve very good purposes; though they will not stop the manifest destiny of 2 Thessalonians 2.

  • Chris Nelson

    mohammad, cursed be his name, was a refugee once, in Medina. Once he was able, he raped, pillaged and slaughtered and exiled his hosts. These “refugee’s” are sworn to walk in mooman’s evil ways and moslems have followed his evil example and teachings ever since. Not too impressed with the rape culture inherent in, taught in and practiced by moslems in infidel cultures since mooman started raping children and women and teaching it to his followers.