What Have We Become?

What Have We Become?

Give us your tired, your cold, your hungry, your huddled masses

… And Jesus sayeth unto his disciples: help not thy brother if it costeth thou too much, or if he is not of thy religion and is hungry, let him starve. And if he is cold and thou thinkest he might strike you, let him freeze…

2 Matthew, 5:38

For those who haven’t been paying attention, there’s war going on in Syria. Millions have been displaced as families try to escape the killing, praying their children might grow up and see a future not ruled by terror.

At present, there are camps throughout Europe, or wherever they can run to—cities of tents and outhouses where one can do nothing but sit and wait.
And good, Christian politicians here in the US have been fighting hard to make sure these people don’t find their way here.

It would cost us, I’m sure, to host some of these refugees. People gotta eat, and someone has to clean those outhouses. But the real fear is that these people are Muslims, and Muslims are terrorists (this is the same reason we’ve been so accommodating of children trying to escape drug wars in Central America).

But people are hurting, and not from the smell of outhouse.

With so much fear surrounding refugees and terrorists, not just Syrian ones but Latin American ones, Sudanese ones, and other refugees trying to escape a life of war, poverty, and death, it’s not hard to see why we would be so afraid. After all, people trying to escape violence will only bring it with them, right?

It’s frightening. With people from other countries coming here to shoot people at movie theaters in Colorado, churches in Charleston, and schools in Connecticut, and to blow up federal buildings in Oklahoma, crash planes into IRS buildings, and set off bombs at the Olympics, and massacre police in Dallas and Baton Rouge, the fear of immigrants is understandable, especially Muslim children from Guatemala.

We need to open our arms and let these people in.

We don’t do it because it’s safe, because it isn’t safe; in all likelihood, a small handful of refugees will end up being Trojan horses, sent here to destroy us. We don’t do it because it’s economical, because it isn’t economical; it’s going to cost us. We don’t do it because these are our friends; because they’re not our friends. If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; if he is thirsty, give him water to drink. No, we do it because it’s the right thing to do. It’s the Christian thing to do; it’s the American thing to do.

I find it strange the same culture that says “In God We Trust” also says “put your money where your mouth is.

How do you fight an idology?

By not giving up your own.


Michael Patrick Lewis is a teacher, and bestselling author of Edge Of God, and Preferred Rewards. When he’s not writing, he’s with his family, which includes the most amazing woman in the world.

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