Ya’ll my heart is hurting. Every day I wake up and something else is on the news that absolutely breaks my heart. It seems that the people and things that I care deeply about are being voraciously attacked and I feel utterly helpless.
Two examples that are especially close to my heart are what I want to talk about (Even though I care about other things, I can only handle a few at a time right now). Healthcare for women, those with pre-existing conditions, and veterans in our country and other countries has been revoked. Refugees are going to have their visas revoked and immigrants are not allowed at all from many countries. As a Christian this is devastating to me. I believe that as the Church I have a responsibility to these people.
I can’t talk about this with a clear head because I am so upset and overwhelmed with what is happening so quickly, so I am going to let the Bible speak for me.
- If your motivation behind not wanting to support healthcare for the needy or bringing in refugees is that it will cost you money. Here are some verses for you.
- 1 Timothy 6:9-11 ” Those who want to be rich, however, fall into temptation and become ensnared by many foolish and harmful desires that plunge them into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. By craving it, some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows. 11But you, O man of God, flee from these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, perseverance, and gentleness.…”
- Luke 12:15 Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.”
- 1 Corinthians 6:10 nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.
- Luke 12:33-34 “Sell your possessions, and give to the needy. Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”
- If your motivation behind not wanting to care for refugees is that you are afraid of terrorists, scared of Muslims converting us all to Islam, or anxious about anything to do with others coming into our country here are a few verses for you.
- Psalm 27:1 “the Lord is my light and my salvation – whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life – of whom shall I be afraid.”
- Psalm 118:6 “The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?”
- 2 Timothy 1:7 “for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.”
- Mark 12:31 “The second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ No other commandment is greater than these.”
- Matthew 5:44 “But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them that despitefully use you; that ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven.”
- 1 John 3:17-18 “But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.”
- Matthew 25:25-36 “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.”
- 1 John 4:18 “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.”
I believe that the Bible lays out exactly what your response should be as a Christian. There isn’t room for excuses.