Sunday, November 29, 2015

Refugees and What to Do About Them

This morning in Sunday School, my college group discussed the topic of refugees. 

With the recent attacks in Paris and ISIS threatening to do the same on US soil, this has become a hot topic here in America.  The Obama Administration has told states they can't refuse Syrian refugees, and Dr. Ben Carson says refugees don't want to come to the US. 

So what my college group did was each of us picked a side: For or Against?
We then came up with verses from Scripture to back up our views.

While I understand why some people are against it (in the interest of national security in the case of terrorist infiltration), I am for it.

Let me clarify a couple things.

1. Prayer for refugees and their families is obvious to me as a Christian.
2. Recognizing the authorities who have taken oaths to protect us as citizens of the United States, is something I don't want to take lightly.  Those who have been sworn into office, with promises to uphold our national security, and those who have sacrificed much to preserve this nation, are not to be disregarded. 


In all likelihood, they will show up, and I for one will not turn them away.

Here's why. 

Leviticus 24:22
You shall have the same rule for the sojourner and for the native, for I am the LORD your God."

Psalms 146:7-9
who executes justice for the oppressed, who gives food to the hungry. The LORD sets the prisoners free; the LORD opens the eyes of the blind. The LORD lifts up those who are bowed down; the LORD loves the righteous. The LORD watches over the sojourners; he upholds the widow and the fatherless, but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin.

Deuteronomy 10:17-19
For the LORD your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great, the mighty, and the awesome God, who is not partial and takes no bribe. He executes justice for the fatherless and the widow, and loves the sojourner, giving him food and clothing. Love the sojourner, therefore, for you were sojourners in the land of Egypt.

Micah 6:8
He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?

Jeremiah 22:3
Thus says the LORD: Do justice and righteousness, and deliver from the hand of the oppressor him who has been robbed. And do no wrong or violence to the resident alien, the fatherless, and the widow, nor shed innocent blood in this place.

Isaiah 1:17
learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow's cause.

Matthew 25:34-40
Whatever happens, always remember.

Then the King will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.' Then the righteous will answer him, saying, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?' And the King will answer them, 'Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.'

Matthew 22:39
And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.

James 2:8
If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself," you are doing well.

Luke 10:25-37
And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, "Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?" He said to him, "What is written in the Law? How do you read it?" And he answered, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself." And he said to him, "You have answered correctly; do this, and you will live." But he, desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, "And who is my neighbor?" Jesus replied, "A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him and departed, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a priest was going down that road, and when he saw him he passed by on the other side. So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was, and when he saw him, he had compassion. He went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he set him on his own animal and brought him to an inn and took care of him. And the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, 'Take care of him, and whatever more you spend, I will repay you when I come back.' Which of these three, do you think, proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?" He said, "The one who showed him mercy." And Jesus said to him, "You go, and do likewise."

And if terrorists do make it over here...

Luke 6:27-28
But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you.

Love them like Jesus.

God is a God of justice, and He Himself cares for people.  I've said this before, but Jesus commanded us to do nothing less of what He did.  He never said that following Him would be easy, so let's not live as if it were.

Obviously we want to live with caution, not wanting to provoke ISIS or any other sect of radical Islam, but to live as a Christian in a world that is hostile to Jesus is going to cost something, if not everything.

Let All the Earth Rejoice!

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Sweater Weather - Tag Along!

Top of the mornin' to ya, and Happy Fall y'all! 

So a dear friend, over at On Solid Ground did this, and I decided to "tag along" (pun intended).

1. Favourite candle scent: Honestly, I don't know. I just got a "Merry Mint" scent with a crackling wood wick that I really love though.

2. Coffee, tea, or hot chocolate? Depends on the day. Most of the time, tea. Other times, Hot Chocolate. Never coffee. ;P

3. What's the best fall memory you have? CAPTURE Kansas Photography Workshop the past couple years. :D

4. Best fragrance for fall: The cinnamon roasted nuts scent in the mall. <3

5. Most worn sweater: I only have one sweater. But I wear long sleeved t-shirts, and hoodies the most. I guess it'd be my Kansas City Royals shirt. Perfect for this World Series season. ;)

6. Football games or jumping in leaf piles? LEAF PILES!

8. Combat boots or Uggs? Uggs.

9. Is pumpkin spice worth the hype? PUMPKIN SPICE BUBBLE TEA IS!

10. Favourite fall TV show: TV show?? Does the World Series count? No? Fine then. I enjoy Studio C (at any time of year).

11. What do you want to be for Halloween? "Halloween" already happened, and I was me. With a lightsaber. :P

12. Hats or scarves? Both!

13. What's your #1 favourite thing about fall? 
The colors, the smells, the hot drinks, that "snuggle up and read a book" feeling that automatically comes with autumn. 


*I'm not obsessed with Chris Tomlin. ;)

Have a blessed weekend!