Sunday, November 15, 2015

God has not given us a spirit of fear

Sometimes I think the media is working with ISIS to stir up fear and anger in the population. There is a tragic reality that ISIS fighters could be entering Europe with the refugee population. But will we punish the entire refugee population (traumatized hurting families) because of a hand full of cowards? And where was America when the 2 million Iraqi Christians were being forced from their homes, many being tortured and killed? Why did we stand back and do nothing? Even now, why do we allow millions of Syrians to be displaced by their own government and ISIS, but we say no...They cannot come here! I remember reading that ship loads of Jews tried to flee Germany during WW2 and they were turned away by the British government. And I shook my head in sadness and unbelief. But now I read the posts of Christian friends on Facebook who are advocating putting up walls, and reposting the most awful and mean spirited propaganda condemning the entire Syrian refugee population. ISIS has already won. They want us afraid…and they have won! And a friend of mine just told me they are bringing in more security to guard the local refugee camps. Not because of the refugees, but because of the angry Germans that might hurt them. I am so sad! And I am ashamed that I had many of the same fears when the camp was first built 5 mins from my house. But I have tried to learn why they have come. What they have run from. And what I can do to help them. And I pray for the leaders because they need wisdom. It is a mess. But we must be part of the answer, not the ones who are adding to the problems! Instead of hate, we need to show compassion. They are not all terrorists. Most have run away from terrorist and only want safe lives. Jesus said…”31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. 34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ Matthew 25 31:-36

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