This morning someone asked me, “What you think of the latest executive order? I have a hard time as a Christian accepting what he [Trump] did. Can you give me some reasons why I should support it?”
I feel compelled to share the response that I shared with this person because I am finding it very frustrating to keep seeing people say that, “Anyone who supports the ban shouldn’t call themselves Christians.”
Here is the deal…
This ban should have happened a very long time ago. It’s been a long time coming. The countries included in the ban not only give a home to terrorism but they train and then send them to the west to wage their “holy” war upon us. How can a leader keep allowing this threat to be imposed upon the people he is supposed to protect? His aim is to secure and protect this nation before he can even think about helping anyone else. I understand there are still Christians left in these countries, and let me get one thing straight — my heart goes out to them. However, let’s remember that this ban is not permanent. It is a 120 day ban in order to give the administration a head start and then following those 120 days, will be “extreme vetting” of those who want to enter our country.
Is it more or less Christ-like to be concerned for the treatment of humans abroad rather than our native and domestic citizens? Ultimately, we are being told that we are choosing one over the other but really what we are doing is preserving the safety of the majority rather than sacrificing them for the sake of the threatened minority. Not only do we run the risk of admitting muslims that have already been radicalized, but with the admission of Muslims in general, they are exponentially more likely to be radicalized and execute brutal and barbaric “honor” killings in order to serve Muhammad and earn their place in paradise.
As Christians, it is detrimental to the preservation of or faith and our morality to NOT support and defend the ban. There is no biblical command to accept those who pose a threat to our American life, liberty, freedom. Radical islam is not a faith or an ideology that can be met with compromise or who we can find common ground with. Its sole enemy is Christianity and its goal to take over the west, “through immigration” (see the Quran). American Christians, with respect to recent events and the rise of radical Islamic terror, are worried for their families.
Recently, Bill O’Keefe, the VP of the Catholic Relief Service said, “The Christian religion is about love and fear is the opposite of love. As Christians, we need to overcome our fear and act on the basis of love.” This is completely tailored to his own personal agenda and beliefs. Fear is not the opposite of love, it’s its unfortunate counterpart. We fear becausewe love. If we didn’t love our country, we wouldn’t fear it’s demise. If we didn’t love our western ideals and way of life, we wouldn’t fear it’s downfall. If we didn’t love our lives, we wouldn’t fear death. If we didn’t love our faith and our Creator, we wouldn’t fear its subversion.
If we don’t do something to stop this now, Christianity will not only cease to be a force of good in the world, but it will cease to exist at all. We, not only as Americans but as Christians, are responsible for preserving the ideals that this country was built upon. We must also protect our people as to maintain the hegemony of the United States and not only continue to be but also flourish as the truest and most powerful force of good that the world has ever seen.