Christianity Today has an article up today titled, “Franklin Graham’s Call to End Muslim Immigration Could Backfire.” Now, that headline might lead you to think that Christians are concerned that Graham’s racist, xenophobic comments in the wake of the Chattanooga shooting might incite retaliatory violence against Muslim Americans. But you’d be wrong.
No, Christians are becoming increasingly concerned that Muslim immigrants are too dangerous to be let into the country. The article quotes Jenny Yang, vice president of advocacy and policy at World Relief:
“We are getting tons of emails and calls from churches specifically wanting Christian refugees, those persecuted in the Middle East,” says Yang. “There is a lot of fear about resettling Muslim refugees. There is fear about them becoming terrorists or implementing Shari‘ah law.”
This paranoia is due in no small part to the disgraceful rhetoric of those like Franklin Graham — and of course Fox News. The article goes on to quote Alex Mandes, director of The Immigration Alliance, a pro-refugee and immigration group of evangelical churches and ministries:
“My biggest hurt is that the church has no better answer than that? We have the great commission and the great commandment. Migration has always been a tool that God has used to bring people to himself.”
But can’t Christians be concerned about Muslims immigrants because of the fact that they are fellow humans — made in the image of God, if you want to use that language — and not because they’re potential Christians? Can’t Christians seek to help them simply because they are in need? Remember what your God said about Sodom?
Now this was the sin of your sister Sodom: She and her daughters were arrogant, overfed and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy.
Besides, Christians aren’t supposed to fear those who could kill the body, but the One who can destroy both body and soul in hell. Please help those Muslim immigrants in need simply because they need it — there are more Muslims than Christians being murdered in the Middle East. Don’t lose your soul because prominent, politicized Christians like Franklin Graham have scared you into believing that Muslims represent a special danger to your body.
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