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 >>
One afternoon this past October, I was sitting at the bar in a packed out Starbucks when a young, Middle Eastern man tapped me on the shoulder. "Is it okay if I sit here?" he asked in a thick accent, pointing at the chair to my immediate right.
I nodded my head and told him that was absolutely okay. I was kind of taken aback that he had even asked. Most people would have quickly hopped up into that chair without a word (seats at Starbucks are hard to come by!).
I scooted over to give him some room as he situated himself and pulled some materials out of his bag — an iPhone and a spiral notebook. Being the nosey person that I am, I eyed the content of his notebook as he flipped through the pages. I saw lots and lots of written lines — one sentence written in a foreign language, the next sentence written in English — repeated continually down each piece of paper. The thick accent combined with what looked to be efforts to learn the English language led me to suspect he had just freshly landed on American soil. more >>
Editors note: The views expressed in this op-ed are those of our Executive Editor Dr. Richard Land, and do not necessarily reflect the editorial position of The Christian Post.
How do you balance Christian compassion for the very real suffering Syrian refugees with the God-ordained duty of the divinely ordained civil magistrate to protect the innocent and punish evil doers? (Romans 13: 1-7).
Millions of Americans have grieved over the terrible, heartbreaking scenes of suffering Syrians refugees (men, women, and children) as they have fled the horrible violence and the gut-wrenching atrocities that have characterized their country's civil war. Who can erase from their memories the picture of the little Syrian boy's (just a toddler) dead body being gently carried by a Turkish policeman after the boy had drowned in the Aegean Sea while trying to escape with his family from the nightmare of his homeland's civil war. more >>
NEW YORK — A new propaganda video released by the Islamic State terror group on Wednesday makes threats against New York City. Officials say they aren't credible, and that if any attempt of an attack is made the city is ready.
The 26-second video, a copy of which can be found on YouTube, shows a number of scenes from Manhattan such as Times Square, a Gap store in Herald Square, T.G.I. Friday's and yellow taxi cabs moving along city streets. Images of terrorist sharpshooters and others wearing suicide belts are also depicted.
French authorities confirmed Thursday morning that Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the suspected mastermind behind the Paris terror attacks last week, was killed during a raid in the capital on Wednesday.
A large anti-terror raid on a Paris suburb left two people dead, reports revealed on Wednesday, with the first confirmed victim identified as a woman who blew herself up in the attack.
Authorities did not immediately reveal the identity of the second person who was killed, but BBC News reported on Thursday that the Paris prosecutor confirmed the man's identity as Abaaoud, the 27-year old Belgian national who is believed to have been the ringleader. more >>
Outspoken evangelist the Reverend Franklin Graham has stated that the attacks in Paris and Beirut have shown that "Islam has declared war on the world."
In a statement posted on his Facebook page Monday evening, the head of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association also mentioned other brutal attacks by Islamic terrorists.