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Dang those Middle Eastern Refugees!

Saw this today as I was driving through North Seattle–

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If that doesn’t sum up the whole dust-up and brouhaha about letting refugees into the US, let’s try some Stephen Colbert–

And if that isn’t enough for you, let’s try some old-fashioned scripture–

“Then I will draw near to you for judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers and against the adulterers and against those who swear falsely, and against those who oppress the wage earner in his wages, the widow and the orphan, and those who turn aside the alien and do not fear Me,” says the LORD of hosts.

Malachi 3:5

The cynical fear-mongering by the right-wing in this country is sickening and depressing. These know-nothings understand perfectly well that people seeking refugee status in the US already have to pass a gauntlet of verification that typically takes years. Knowing that, though, they still posture and play legislative games to please their base, a slice of our demographic that is obsessed by ideological purity and conspiracy theories. Meanwhile people are left to suffer, and America is held up to derision. More than one commentator has pointed out that this sort of nativist effluvium plays right into the hands of the terrorists, giving them an unearned propaganda victory.

It’s especially sickening that many of these nimrods loudly profess their Christian faith, while apparently missing one of the core messages of the Gospel. Really, it’s hard to escape the conclusion that too many people in the American church have lost sight of important aspects of the Christian message, their field of vision being occluded by things basically un-Christian– capitalism, individualism, nationalism, racism (yeah, that’s there, no matter how many times people deny it, it’s a factor. Sorry the truth hurts).

Fortunately, there’s Sojourners

https://sojo.net/articles/rejecting-refugees-rejecting-christ

Even there, though, there’s contention– don’t read the comments on that article unless you have a strong stomach.

It’s depressing. I really don’t know if this country has much of a future with half our political landscape spewing this sort of crap. All we can do is tell our senators to oppose this legislation when it gets to the Senate.

That, and pray.

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To all the whitewashed sepulchres out there….

“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean.”

Matthew 23:27 (NIV)

This post is directed at my fellow Christians, specifically evangelicals. All heathens, pagans, and atheists can disregard or just watch from the sidelines. But I need to get this off my chest, because I can’t see straight right now.

I am torqued twice over about the World Vision retreat on inclusion of LGBT persons in legal marriages.

First, because some evangelicals believe ideological purity is more important than feeding and clothing real children, and second because World Vision beat a hasty retreat in the face of criticism and the potential loss of sponsorship. If World Vision wasn’t ready to stand by its decision to include LGBT individuals in legally recognized marriages in its staff, it should never have made the announcement in the first place.

But it’s my fellow evangelicals I’m really mad at. Those of you who think it proper to pull sponsorship from World Vision over this issue, this is what I have to say to you– you are white-washed sepulchres, you are hypocrites, you are the worst and most self-satisfied species of Pharisee. How dare you deny innocent children what they need to live because you disapprove of some of the hands through which it passes?

Sojourners ran a good article in response (although many of the comments by readers betray just the attitude I’m ranting against). The writer sums up the counter-argument very well, in my opinion– read the article.

Here’s my position– I will continue to sponsor a child through World Vision, despite their caving to political pressure masquerading as the Gospel. It’s the children who are important. And somebody needs to take up the slack for alleged Christians who are too “holy” to be of any use to God.

Reconsider and repent.