Balancing Wisdom with Compassion for Middle-Eastern Refugees

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Migrants receive food at a Christmas market in a refugee shelter run by German charity organisation Arbeiter Samariter Bund ASB in Berlin, Germany, December 12, 2015.
There is much debate within the global and Christian community about whether or not the Western world should accept Syrian and other Middle-Eastern refugees. One camp says to take them all, regardless of religion. These are those who very often take the opportunity to mock the supposed irony of Christians who celebrate a Saviour born in a manger because no one would take them in. Only they forget that the God of Islam would demand the death of the Christ Child, his parents, and all who worship Him, Jew and Christian alike. There are also many Christians who appear to throw caution to the wind and happy in ignorance as they would happily throw the doors wide open for whomever knocks.

Another camp says don’t take them at all; take care of the homeless among us already. Why let in the Muslims with terrorists among them when there are already countless terrorists lying in wait within our borders already? Leave them where they are! Whatever you do, just don’t bring them here!

And then there is the final camp that says, take refugees, but apply wisdom. Now this, I can get behind!

The Bible commands us to be “wise as serpents and harmless as doves” (Matt. 10:16). Jesus also commented in the Parable of the Unjust Steward that “for the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light,” (Luke 16:8 KJV). We are to use compassion, but we are to be wise in the compassion that we use. And this is not just some pieced together platitude to make selfish people feel better about themselves. There is truth in it, especially in our situation.

Last year, I along with others, received the Word of the Lord for 2015 from Prophetess Cynthia Thompson who is the leader of Eternal Change Ministries and pastors Jesus People Proclaim International Ministries Church with her husband, Pastor Billy Thompson. In the Word, this is what she said:

“Our borders will welcome the enemies of this nation causing us to become prisoners within our walls. War will be among us if there is no true repentance. Therefore, we must cry out and cry out in prayer for our nation. These are the greater judgments set to come by the end of 2015 heading into 2016.”

When she gave this prophetic word, I don’t think any of us realised that these [potential] enemies within our borders would come largely in the form of Syrian refugees. About a month ago, I felt the urge to go back and re-read the word and those lines absolutely jumped off the page! I discuss it in this video.

Now let me here interject that I do not believe all of the refugees from the Middle-East are terrorists. Probably not even the majority of them. Yet neither do I believe someone in a society that is bred to hate Jews, Christians, and the Western world in general is an ally and fully open to becoming a loyal American and everything that entails. And as the recent San Bernardino, CA shooting proved, a woman, a mother, with a religious vendetta can be very dangerous indeed. As indicated in a previous article, I believe that Islam seeks to take over an entire society, to remake the world in its image at the detriment of the inhabitants of that world. And while all Muslims do not desire this, the violent ones do. And that is, needless to say, not a trait that is complementary to American society and the Western World in general.

So how then do we view the issue of Arab refugees? Wisely. We vet them. Cautiously. Apparently, our nation’s process is not working because the female shooter in San Bernardino was supposed to be properly vetted by our government. Obviously, she wasn’t. What we’re doing isn’t working. However, TheBlaze founder, Glenn Beck, has found a successful way of doing this. And it works.

Beck, through his Mercury One charity, has raised $12 million for The Nazarene Fund to evacuate Iraqi Christian refugees to safety in Slovakia. There, they will be cared for and taught to properly assimilate into Slovakian Society.

Charisma News reports, “The Slovakian government has chosen-in congruence with the United Nations’ Declaration of Human Rights-to provide special treatment to these members of Iraq’s persecuted Christian minority. In order to not put an undue strain on the Slovakian government or its citizens, the Nazarene Fund has agreed to fund a three-year integration program, which includes language training, education, social services, accommodations, and any and everything else required to facilitate an efficient integration of these ancient Christians into Slovakian society. They will live in and around Nitra, the so-called cradle of Christianity in central Europe.”

Beck was recently on The Kelly File with Megyn Kelly discussing the venture and vetting process stating that the process they refugees underwent is “far superior to the United States, the U.N. or the E.U.” Beck goes on to say, “All you have to do is ask the pastors and the priests, ‘Do you know these people? How long have they been Christians?’ Because there are zero Christians that are members of ISIS.”

Sounds pretty simple if you ask me.

There were fairly recent reports of mass conversions of Muslims to Christianity in Germany and I was very excited, praising God, until I realised that these Muslims were merely being baptized so they could be protected by the German government and erase suspicion. There is no way yet to tell if they were actually converted in their hearts. And while I hope these baptisms and influence will “work on” the hearts and minds of these individuals, we know that baptism is not conversion in an of itself. It is a symbol of it, not it in actuality. One of the captions states,

“…Most say true belief prompted their embrace of Christianity. But there’s no overlooking the fact that the decision will also greatly boost their chances of winning asylum by allowing them to claim they would face persecution if sent home.”

We must use wisdom. We must remember in the Spirit of Christ to clothe the naked, feed the hungry, and house the homeless. Yet we must also remember the Spirit of Truth which is also the Spirit of Wisdom Who resides in us and testifies of the Father in Heaven.

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