Is it wrong for Christians to consider reasons to not admit Syrian refugees? Many believe it is and are denouncing Christians who believe otherwise, especially politicians.
"After the terror attacks in Paris last week, it didn't take long for the League of Super Christians currently running for president to begin contradicting everything Jesus and every prophet in the Bible ever uttered about extending grace to the poor, the refugee, the destitute and the strangers among us," wrote Tony Norman, a professing Christian and columnist with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "Looking around for an issue to demagogue, a good chunk of the presidential field and a bunch of Republican governors decided that the 10,000 Syrian refugees America has already agreed to take in now represent an unacceptable terrorist threat."
Similarly, an article at Think Progress accused Christian governors who are refusing refugees of being hypocritical and asserted "that's not what Jesus would do." Citing Matthew 25:41-43, the article said the Bible calls on Christians to "welcome the stranger." more >>
Your understanding of the history of Thanksgiving may be about to change. "Saints & Strangers," a two-night miniseries that premieres Nov. 22 on National Geographic Channel, is a visually stunning, action packed account of the first Thanksgiving in 1620. The series delivers a rare, in-depth chronicle of events leading up to the historic meal, as well as insight on the dynamics at play between Pilgrims and Native Americans, from each of their perspectives.
In an exclusive interview, The Christian Post spoke to actors Vincent Kartheiser, Kalani Queypo, Tatanka Means and writer Seth Fisher about the real-life events that are recounted in "Saints & Strangers."
Vincent Kartheiser, who plays William Bradford — the Christian English leader who settles in Plymouth in search of religious freedom — spoke of the integrity brought to the project by National Geographic and producers of the miniseries. more >>
The Christian ethic is one that relishes in the risk of sacrifice.
Loving our neighbors will come at a cost to our own security and comfortability, and in complicated matters such as this, we should demonstrate a love that casts out fear.
During a conversation about the Syrian refugee crisis on Tuesday's episode of ABC's "The View," co-host Whoopi Goldberg criticized Republican politicians' calls for a Christian-only Syrian refugee resettlement program and asserted that Christians can be dangerous because "Hitler was a Christian."
Goldberg, a 60-year-old actress and comedian, began the conversation by stating that Republican presidential candidates Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush have called for the United States to only accept Syrian Christian refugees into the country.
"Is this really going to help root out ISIS?" Goldberg asked. more >>
As the Obama administration moves to accelerate the processing of Syrian refugees seeking asylum in the United States, Republican presidential candidates have expressed concerns about Syrian refugees being allowed into the U.S. following the Paris terror attacks.
On Friday, the U.S. State Department confirmed plans to open a refugee settlement processing center in Erbil, Iraq, a Kurdish-controlled town that houses thousands of displaced people who were forced from their homes and villages due to the rise of the Islamic State terror group.
With the Obama administration planning on allowing up to 10,000 Syrian refugees to enter the U.S. in the next year, the new refugee processing center will open before the end of 2015, according to State Department spokeswoman Danna Van Brandt. Additionally, the U.S. will continue its refugee processing in Lebanon in early 2016. more >>
In the heated debate over illegal immigration, some Christians may be missing something: the faith of the new arrivals.
A poll released earlier this year by Lifeway Research found that 90 percent of all Evangelicals say that "the Scripture has no impact on their views toward immigration reform." In addition, 70 percent said that they had "never been encouraged by their church to reach out to immigrants."
The first finding is a bit disconcerting, given how much God had to say in scripture to Israel about the treatment of foreigners in their midst. The second finding isn't that surprising, given the contentious debate over immigration in this country. more >>