The refugee crisis and the increase of lawlessness
I think it’s very clear that America has enemies in the world. Not everyone likes us and wants our way of life to prosper. That has been abundantly clear in terror attack after terror attack over the last number of years. Radical Islam presents one of the biggest threats to America, democracy and Christianity this world has seen in many years. Their barbaric tactics and aggressive campaign to influence the world and raise up radicals in every country of the world are not scare tactics alone. Their aggressive strategy includes killing by barbaric means, oppressing women as slaves, causing wide-spread panic in the heart of Middle East countries, resulting in many of them fleeing for their lives and opening the doors to nations around the world to shelter them.
Sheltering refugees is a global crisis. No doubt about it. The Syrian refugee crisis is one of the biggest crises of our time, clearly. An estimated 11 million Syrians have fled their homes since the outbreak of the civil war in March 2011. Now, in the sixth year of war, 13.5 million are in need of humanitarian assistance within the country.
This is a massive problem and one that needs to be carefully handled in terms of where these refugees go, what type of process is involved in their admittance and how we are to care for these individuals, all precious to God and needing ministry, trauma debrief, help acclimating to society and physical, emotional and spiritual care.
So for the newly elected President of our nation to put a temporary hold on refugee admittance while working on a solution that will protect our homeland and do what is in the best interest of all parties, I think is a perfectly reasonable request and the proper use of his power as our president, in my opinion.
I do not believe this is an issue of religious freedom. This is an issue of terror being done in the name of the religion of Islam but not representing every Muslim. That’s what makes this a very tricky issue. It’s as if these terror organizations are using the name of religion to target the free world to infiltrate nations and birth terror in unsuspecting, free nations in the name of freedom of religion. But radical Islam is a militant terror philosophy, it’s the farthest thing from religion and it's goal is infiltrating every nation, including America. They've succeeded in the past but it needs to be dealt with at the root and I am glad the President is on top of it. For example, France just announced they are on watch for the next decade over the growth of terror in their own country, due to the infiltration of this free nation by people bent on expanding Sharia law in the name of religious freedom.
Radical Islam’s philosophy is bent on world domination and infiltrating every country and nation with its radical agenda and will stop at nothing, including mass killing and fear until they achieve it. It’s not religion, it’s a nation within nations bent on ruling the world through fear and subordination and using every means, including terror, to do it.
So for Trump’s administration to temporarily ban 7 Muslim majority nations, where terror is happening in our world, while working out a proper vetting system for people of these nations wanting to come to America is necessary. When you have situations like the Boston Marathon Bombing and the Orlando nightclub shooting, we need to review who we are allowing in our country, where they came from and how people on the FBI and CIA watch list are allowed to roam our streets and attack our people.
Trump promised a return to law and order in our country, people want it and the majority of Americans voted for him because of it. But I am afraid what is getting the attention of the press and the mainstream media are those shouting and protesting his every move. They are the loud ones who scream and protest every move, not content until they get their way. The problem is they are not speaking for all Americans or all Christians. But they sure are loud. The squeaky wheel gets the grease need not apply here. There was an election in November where the American people spoke and that needs to be respected by those who voted differently.
I believe the resistance to Trump’s administration and overturning by the courts and ongoing protests are at their core, lawlessness. Lawlessness is defined as a state of disorder due to a disregard of the law. Our culture doesn’t want law and order, we want freedom at any cost, but I believe the cost for opening our borders may be beyond what we are willing to pay. Our cultural narrative is telling us to resist anything or anyone that seeks to impose any type of restriction on our "freedom."
As Christians, should we submit and support whatever our President does? No. But when it comes to protecting our country and it's citizens from a radical ideology seeking to steal, kill and destroy real freedom and democracy, tough times require tough measures. That's what law is for, according to the Scripture.
Gotquestions.org offers some insight into the role of lawlessness in hurting society, "To be lawless is to be contrary to the law or to act without regard to the law. Laws are necessary in a sinful world (1 Timothy 1:9), and those who choose to act lawlessly further sin in the world. The word for “lawlessness” in the Bible is often translated “iniquity.” According to the Bible, the root of all lawlessness is rebellion.
First John 3:4 defines sin as lawlessness: “Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness.” To commit sin is to be lawless; that is, the sinner breaks God’s law. In this way, lawlessness is a rejection of God. Satan, who models the ultimate rejection of God, will one day empower the Antichrist, called “the lawless one,” whose rise to power “will be in accordance with how Satan works” (2 Thessalonians 2:9).
Lawlessness is contrasted with righteousness in verses such as Romans 6:19, 2 Corinthians 6:14, and Hebrews 1:9. The righteous, who have the nature of Jesus Christ, hate the deeds of lawlessness. Lot, a godly man living in Sodom, “was tormented in his righteous soul by the lawless deeds he saw and heard” (2 Peter 2:8). The psalmist said, “I abhor the assembly of evildoers and refuse to sit with the wicked” (Psalm 26:5). Christians are to be law-abiding (1 Peter 4:15).
When a society ignores the law, lawlessness is the result, and chaos ensues. The time of the judges after Joshua’s death was marked by upheaval, oppression, and general disorder. The biblical historian puts his finger on the reason for the tumult: “In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as they saw fit” (Judges 21:25). The riot in Ephesus is a good example of lawlessness in action (Acts 19). The rioters were confused and unsure even of why they were rioting (verse 32); in their lawlessness, they were ignoring proper legal channels (verse 39) and, of course, breaking the law (verse 40)."
As a Christian I understand that every refugee is made in the image of God and loved dearly by God and as a Christian I am to reach out in Christ’s name and minister the physical and spiritual needs of every person. Whatever I do in his name, I am doing to Christ. Whatever I don’t do, I am doing to Christ.
The thing is, the government of the United States does not have the same calling as I do or even the Church has. What our President decides is in the best interest of our country, I am going to support if it doesn't restrict our freedoms to share our faith and visit these nations and share our faith and minister to their needs.
For the one in authority is God's servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God's servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. Romans 13:4
As a Christian Jesus commanded us to go. He didn’t say petition the government to allow people in. He said go to them, preach the Gospel and heal the sick, bring hope to the hopeless and set prisoners free.
I am all about a system of checks and balances, am not in favor of absolute power, but I can’t help but believe temporarily restricting 7 nations known for terror and Islamist extremists out of 196 nations in the world is perfectly rational and good for America. After a reasonable process is in place for vetting immigration into America in the best interests of our nation and the refugees, then I would say open that avenue back up and consider admitting a certain amount of refugees into America.