I woke up to a note this morning from an old friend, stating emphatically that he was disappointed in me and what I’m sharing online about supporting refugees. There were some other comments about me being naive, liberal, unaware, etc.
Here’s what I wish he and all those wondering the same thing would understand about me and why I take this stance:
1.There are many ways to enter the USA – tourist visas, student visas, work visas, and then there’s the US Refugee Resettlement program. The refugee resettlement is among the most vetted and screened entrance to the USA of all, usually taking over 2 years.
2. Since our vetting process was implemented in the 1980s, there has not been 1 terrorist attack by a refugee on US soil. It works. The process is intense. Thus, it makes little logical sense to close the refugee program or to drastically reduce the number of refugees allowed in – where is the justification? Finally, the majority of refugees that come are women and children fleeing the same extremists that the US is trying to shut down.
3. Europe does not have our vetting process. It’s a poor comparison to point to European attacks in order to justify closing our borders.
4. I am not liberal. I am not conservative. I believe before God that Christians are called to carve out new ground in which we remain consistently pro-life, compassionate, and acting like Jesus. That means sometimes we may appear to be supporting one side or the other. But, as Christians, our citizenship is in Heaven and our allegiance is to Jesus Christ, not a political party. [Read more…]