America, What is Love?
And why don’t refugees receive any?
Well, that’s it! We can all go home now, right?
…Not so fast. I’m not here to debate the definition of love. It’s emotion we’ve felt for another person. That special someone, or thing you have an unbreakable bond with. I had a Blue doll from Blue’s Clues growing up, and I loved it. I took it everywhere I went, even when we traveled 3,000 miles away to California. By the time I finally grew out of it, it was missing an ear and had it’s neck half ripped off with it’s blue eyes nearly completely scratched out. I can’t tell you what love is, but if you asked me for an outright example, that would be it.
“Yeah. That’s nice. Where is this going?” — You, two seconds ago.
As I’ve stated, some people have a love for someone else (or others), or for something they feel a connection to. With that being said, are there those who are feeling a lack of love? I think so. The refugees who come into America, in particular.
From a petition to stop refugees from coming into the United States: “And here in [Minnesota]. No more Somalis, in fact lets work on getting the ones here the hell out!!!”
From a statistical poll of the approval of President Obama allowing refugees into the United States: “Those who were most unhappy with his decision: white evangelicals.”
As a fellow Christian, it’s disheartening to see such an attitude towards people in need.
Imagine for a second, you just came out of a war-torn country. What’s the first thing you would hope for when entering a new country? A friendly face? A place to relax and feel safe? Love? Not romantic. Just affection, the feeling that someone cares. Imagine that you come out of a war-torn country, and the first thing you realize in your new town? No one wants you there. No one trusts you. They want you to go back to the middle of that conflict, not giving a single damn what happens to you.
Hurts, doesn’t it?
Which is why it hurts even more to see that, again, those who most opposed the refugees tended to be evangelicals. Especially since, when Jesus was young, he himself sought refuge in another country. Egypt, to be precise. We saw what the dictionary definition of love, but what does the bible say about it? The book of those that opposed the refugees the most?
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” Love protects, trusts, hopes, and perseveres. Instead, we’ve been protecting ourselves, not trusting, not hoping the best for these people. And the only persevering seems to be exclusion of those less fortunate.
One of the major concerns over this issue is it’s claimed to be a threat to national security. However, as the biblical definition of love: “It [love] keeps no records of wrongs.” Or in other words, we should forgiving them even if they did do something wrong. Not just once, not twice. Not seven times- but seventy times seven. I’m not claiming America is a Christian country, by any means. But for the Christians against refugees, we shouldn’t be so quick to assume the worst.
For the concerns about violence, an official report in Germany; a country that has accepted refugees, has stated that there has not been an increase in the crime rate of Germany. While there is violence among refugees, this is mainly applied to the fact these refugees are in overcrowded facilities.
It seems that many Christian groups in the United States opposed to accepting refugees. There is an active debate among Christians on whether refugees should be allowed in. And local Christians in communities aren’t the only one voicing their opinions on the refugees. It has become such an issue of contention that the United States presidential candidates are weighing in on the subject. Some of these presidential candidates show preference to only accepting Christian refugees, and not Muslims. But that’s not what Jesus did. Jesus loved everyone, and healed the blind, the deaf, the sick, and the lame. He fit the definition of love, forgave others for wrongdoings, and showed constant affection to everyone he met.
If only we would, too.