When I first heard about President Trump’s executive order, aka #MuslimBan, banning people from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen from entering the USA I was in shock. I thought, Wow he’s actually doing something he said he would. And then I thought well I suppose that’s good.
But then I started reading more about it and I heard about the protests, and I knew that this was an issue that needed more than just a passing thought. The more attention I gave to it the more unsettled I became. For two main reasons.
“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
The United States is the hero. We’re the good guys! We’re the nation that others can count on when they are being oppressed! Or we are supposed to be.
We’re also the melting pot. The USA is where people of all colors, religions, beliefs can come to start a new life. This is supposed to be where they can come to make a better life for their families. This is supposed to be the Land where people can start with nothing and make their dreams come true.
And yes I know that people will say that we should be helping our own homeless and our veterans before refugees. But I ask, Why can’t we do both?! They aren’t mutually exclusive. We should help our own and refugees!
Should we do everything possible to protect ourselves? Yes! But we should continue our American tradition of being brave and looking out for others.
How hard is it to send Missionaries to those seven countries banned? Pretty hard right. They could be persecuted and killed.
But there are still lost souls in those countries who need to hear the gospel of Jesus Christ.
We can’t go to them, so maybe God is sending them to us. And we are turning them away! Out of fear!
How is that right? It’s not.
For the Lord your God is God of gods, and Lord of lords, a great God, a mighty, and a terrible, which regardeth not persons, nor taketh reward:
He doth execute the judgment of the fatherless and widow, and loveth the stranger, in giving him food and raiment.
Love ye therefore the stranger: for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt. – Deuteronomy 10:17-19
It’s our duty as Christians to tell people of the gospel of Jesus Christ!
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. – John 3:16
I know some people will be upset that I’m speaking of converting Muslims to Christianity. To that I say, I’m a Christian what did you expect? Like I said above, it’s my duty to try. I can’t force someone to accept Christ as their Saviour, but I can tell them about what He did for me and hope that they will believe too.
It’s not a Muslim Ban
I do want to add that I don’t believe this order is a ban on Muslims. Not everyone in these countries is Muslim, but everyone is banned. And I hope you read the article I linked to above about Christians being persecuted. These are indigenous Missionaries that were slaughtered. These are just some of the people who need our help and why I ultimately can not stand behind this ban.
What about you? What are your thoughts on the #MuslimBan? Are you Christian? How do you think this lines up with the Bible? Let me know in the comments.