It would be foolish to assume an easy answer.
In some ways it’s a very complicated issue yet the longer I have twisted and turned it over in my head the more I have come to conclude that the answer, while certainly not easy, is rather simple.
There are nuances and shades of all sorts of stuff that I will never even begin to understand. I am, however, smart enough to know that it is not just women and children seeking asylum. There is a potential threat in allowing refugees to enter our country. I am also smart enough to realize that not everyone of them are terrorist in waiting. Islamic? Yes, but not radical terrorist. No more than everyone who uses the name Christian is of Westboro. The vast majority of them are desperate people literally running for their lives.
Just as I want to do all that I can protect my children I cannot help but imagine the peril these mothers have faced. First to be hunted down and forced to flee their homes and then to make such an exhausting and terrifying journey, all in the hope of keeping their children alive. The fathers and husbands who have done all that they absolutely can and given up everything to protect their families.
I take it back. I can’t even begin to imagine what they have lived through.
There are people who will be making decisions and deciding for us as a nation how we will handle the refugee crisis. We can all be as involved as we can and should be in the process of making that decision but in the end it will be our task to accept whatever the general consensus is and act accordingly.
And this is the simple conclusion I have come too.
May God grant me the opportunity to reach out my hand to the needy.
May He give me the opportunity to offer peace in His name.
May He grant opportunity to declare His goodness to those who do not know Him.
May I be light in a world dark with fear and uncertainty.
Because He took on flesh to meet my need.
Because Christ died to bring peace between God and man.
Because He spoke into time and history and called my name.
Because He is the light of the world.
Because we are to imitate Him.
And may He grant me courage to stand in the face of whatever evil or threat that could possibly come. Because I want my children to see me follow after the way of the cross and not the media induced fear of the world.
I would rather die offering the love of Christ than live having withheld it.