Anti-Refugee is Unchristian
10 Bible Passages That Teach Christians to Welcome & Aid Refugees
In 2015, when Trump stoked ugly, anti-refugee and anti-muslim rhetoric, after the Paris Attacks, I searched online bibles to make a list of 10 passages that covered what The Lord™ & squad said in their book re: helping those in need. I’m not religious — but I know enough about Christianity, to know when its values are not being upheld by those claiming to be Christians. MY God is information — BLESSED BE INFORMATION!
When I composed this list(originally on the li.st app), I had no idea Trump would be president. He was a year from bringing this nightmarish presidency to life, but already, his rhetoric was so toxic, I concentrated my comments on him. There is mention of Rand Paul in this list, too. Remember him? I am not updating it for the present— because I want you to consider what these comments, written in Dec. 2015, mean now.
I may not be Christian, but it doesn’t mean I don’t agree with many of the lessons & values that The Bible aimed to communicate through its allegories — those about being kind, grateful, and helping to lift other humans up, which in turn, enriches your own life. I agree with these that I’ve listed. I list the passage, then my interpretation(easily skip it by jumping to the BIG numbers, or read it to find out why I, personally, chose that passage).
I bring this list to Medium, in hopes that you can use these passages to remind Christians, like Trump(LOLOLOLOLOL) of their own values. I may sound mad in my list, because I was. I am.
1. Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. [Galatians 6:2]
MY READ ON Galatians 6:2 — In context (I read some passages around each of these), it tells Christians this: help those who are having a hard time. Don’t get sucked into evils (in this case focusing on fear, ego & death) — bear one another’s burdens and help one another out of those hard times (see an opportunity to show gratitude for the bounty of your privilege — you don’t *deserve* more than the burdened individual).
2. Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked. [Psalms 82:4]
MY READ ON Psalms 82:4 — Does it really need context? This is a duhhh. If the weak and needy are being terrorized by the wicked — if Syrians are being terrorized by radical oppressors like ISIS — offer support for their rescue. Open your home — you don’t have to put them in your guest room, but America has room. And, perhaps you do have room in your own home — don’t be afraid to be too good of a Christian, or human.
3. Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, cast out demons. You received without paying; give without pay. [Matthew 10:8]
MY READ ON Matthew 10:8 — Are you Native American? If you answered ‘no’, your ancestors got over here fairly recently — perhaps escaping oppression & certainly looking for a new life. You didn’t EARN all of the advantages that have allowed your opportunities. You were born into many of them. It’s easier to make billions if you’re not being oppressed in a war-torn country. Syrians didn’t choose to be born into their situation, or have it rise around them. WE have all received without paying. Our choice to give, should be easy.
4. Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world. [James 1:27]
MY READ ON James 1:27 — I do not want to hear you mention your Christianity in any other context ever again if you are turning your back on orphans and widows. Doing a little math with this passage, that would mean both you, and the so-called religion in your life, are DIRTY. Basically, you’re a scumbag.
5. Learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow’s cause. [Isaiah 1:17]
MY READ ON Isaiah 1:17 — Especially if you are a leader, or looking to be one, under the guise of Christian values, your platform should include the commitment to looking out for the weak — especially when they are running from terror. These words don’t call to care for ‘only certain orphans and widows’ or ‘only if they are Christian’ or ‘only if they are already in your country’. Sometimes, the oppressed have no one to help them within their own borders & it’s up to the good people of the world to rescue them from terror.
6. You shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these. [Mark 12:31]
MY READ ON Mark 12:31 — Even non-religious people, like myself, know this one — maybe it’s because THERE IS NO OTHER COMMANDMENT GREATER, motherfucker. And I know it doesn’t mean I just need to have compassion for the Smiths next door, even though their dog, Trevor, won’t shut the fuck up (HE WON’T). That compassion must stretch to our ‘neighbors’ in countries, far away, who need our compassion. You don’t need to see how the guy who lives in a mansion, next to your mansion, is like you — you need to make an actual effort of mind, and soul, and stretch to connect with the basic humanity you share with a Syrian refugee, too.
7. When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap your field right up to its edge, neither shall you gather the gleanings after your harvest. And you shall not strip your vineyard bare, neither shall you gather the fallen grapes of your vineyard. You shall leave them for the poor and for the sojourner: I am the Lord your God. [Leviticus 19:9–10]
MY READ ON Leviticus 19:9–10 — Almost everyone can find something to give. These refugees have NO things. It’s CRAZY that a “billionaire” who names the Bible as his “favorite book” can’t imagine how to share his scraps with terrorized orphans. It’s easy to see that kind of greed is decidedly out of line with Christian values. If The Bible is Trump’s favorite book, it’s because he loves the word ‘ye’ or thin paper & not because he is any kind of exemplary Christian. He’s more like a 2-yr-old, who’s stuck in a lifelong NO/MINE phase.
8. Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you. [Matthew 6:2–4]
MY READ ON Matthew 6:2–4 — Not only should helping those in need be a no-brainer, but it should be SUCH a no-brainer that those doing the right thing, should be able to do it quietly & automatically. Unfortunately, the issue of refugees is so controversial, that even doing the right or ‘Christian’ thing, requires shouting about it — trying to drown out the ugly, xenophobic, fear-mongering rhetoric — which makes those spreading said rhetoric, DOUBLE DEEP AHOLES. Again — just doing the math.
9. Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the straps of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke? Is it not to share your bread with the hungry and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover him, and not to hide yourself from your own flesh? Then shall your light break forth like the dawn […] And your righteousness will go before you; The glory of the LORD will be your rear guard. [Isaiah 58:6–12]
MY READ ON Isaiah 58:6–12 — As Christians you have chosen a path that asks you to always care for the less fortunate & in that, your fortune will be found. And actually — in the VERY FEW things (5?) that, through scientific research, have been proven to increase human happiness, volunteer work/helping less fortunate is one. Money/increased belongings or land — they don’t make the cut, TRUMP. This book was onto something, in this respect. Giving to the needy lights up your life. Being a raging butthole doesn’t. Weird!
10. No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money. [Matthew 6:24]
MY READ ON Matthew 6:24 — Rand Paul invoked the inscription on the Statue of Liberty- “When the poem beneath the Statue of Liberty says ‘give me your tired, give me your poor,’ it didn’t say come to our country and we’ll put you on welfare.” Billionaire Donald Trump doesn’t want to share, either. None of them feel the choice is fiscally responsible. Even if that’s true, it tells us you are serving money, not the Christian God. So, you need to shut the fuck up forever about your Christianity — your God is the dollar. Don’t ever use Christianity as a crutch in an argument.
- ❗️NONE of the passages I found in a ‘what the bible says about helping the needy’ search, encourage Christians to discriminate or fear the oppressed.
- ❗️NONE of these passages say ‘discriminate when helping the needy’ or ‘but don’t help those who don’t believe in me’. The Lord™ believed practicing Christian values would encourage others to practice Christian values, or find Christianity. Remember? He was all like ‘nah it’s chill I’m going to peacefully die on this cross — it’s good for the message’ or whatevs.
- ❗️Unconditionally helping those escaping the ‘wicked’ is a Christian value. ANTI-REFUGEE CHRISTIAN IS AN OXYMORON, MORON.
I don’t want to be compelled to research bible passages to combat hatred from those claiming to be Christians. I do want to be specific & assured in my combat. I think these concepts are easy to understand — even for Trump, who did claim the Bible is his favorite book. It isn’t my favorite book, but I’ll venture to guess I’ve read WAY more of it in my life — just as literature, than he has.
I could be wrong — but I would imagine many Christians, who do follow the teachings of The Bible, would want to preserve their religion. If so, you should be ¡VOCAL! when people — especially leaders — borrow the label of ‘Christianity’ for leverage, but fail to put it into practice. Stopping the erosion & irreparable spoiling of the perception of Christianity, is definitely not my fight — but it’s yours, if you want it.