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What would Jesus do?

By: Ryan Gambill

Picture something with me for a moment. Jesus Christ is standing just inside America’s border. He is looking out over a sea of hungry, tired, oppressed, desperate people. At the front are two children. They are in tattered clothes and so thin they look as if they haven’t eaten in weeks. Jesus bends down on one knee and looks them in the eye and says, “I would like to let you in, but I can’t. Some of you might be dangerous. I’m sorry but I just can’t do it.”
It’s hard to imagine isn’t it?
After the terror attacks in Paris on Friday, the world has been shaken. Every western country asks itself whether it will be the next one to be hit by such an attack. Every country is taking steps to ensure they are protected.
The United States is no different. Reports of increased police presence in major cities and extra security at large events like football games are perfectly reasonable steps. But today I saw many calling for a step that is not reasonable at all. At least not reasonable for a country that claims to be a Christian nation.
The Obama administration has said for several months now that they would allow 10,000 refugees from Syria and Iraq, the areas that have taken the brunt of ISIS’s wrath, into the United States.
However, today 23 governors of various states said that they were taking steps to keep any of these refugees from coming into their states. They are doing this because they fear ISIS fighters will slip into the U.S. under the guise of refugees.
I understand where they are coming from as a citizen. But as a Christian I cannot condone their actions.
On social media I see that the same people who so often tell us that we need to return to God or that we are a Christian nation are the same people who are screaming the loudest about these refugees being allowed in. That is a hypocrisy I cannot stand by and watch. If you are not a Christian, then this article is not directed at you. But if you are a Christian, you are called to be Christ like. That means you are to imitate Jesus. I don’t know which Bible you read, but the one I have tells the story of a man who gave up a kingdom in Heaven to come to earth just because he loved us. A man who was tried and executed for sins he did not commit so that every other person in the world could be saved. A man who showed compassion to those the rest of the world wanted absolutely nothing to do with. I cannot read the story of this man and then go and say to thousands upon thousands of people, “No, I will not let you in. There might be murderers among you. Go back home.”
If you believe that letting these refugees in is a mistake, then that is fine. That is your personal opinion and you are entitled to it. But don’t do it and then turn around and say you want a Christian nation, because you don’t.
If you wanted a Christian nation you’d accept as many of these refugees as our borders could hold. Because 99 percent of those people are innocent. They’ve done nothing to deserve the terror they’ve endured any more than the people in Paris did. And if Jesus was in the world today he would look just like these people. If we really want a Christian country, we need to start acting like one.
“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ – Matthew 25:38-40