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Government and Church–Where’s the Love


“The state of nature has a law of nature to govern it, which obliges every one: and reason, which is that law, teaches all mankind, who will but consult it, that being all equal and independent, no one ought to harm another in his life, health, liberty, or possessions: for men being all the workmanship of one omnipotent, and infinitely wise maker.”
The featured image of this post evokes a lot of emotion. But I remember one post concerning this picture basically accusing people of being heartless because we are denying asylum to the victims of the Syrian Civil War. And then a comment saying, mockingly mind you, that we’re supposed to forsake our commands from God to help them because there might be terrorists hiding in with the refugees.
Concerning the refugee crisis, the government’s purpose and the purpose of the Church are at odds with one another. And some may call me cold-hearted, but that’s as it should be. The purpose of government is to protect its citizens, the purpose of the Church is to spread the message and forgiveness of Christ. But the Church does not have the right to put people who don’t share its desire to do so in harms way. With the refugees, it’s been proven by real life examples of how they still believe they can live according to their laws in America while also the threat of terrorists mingling in with the refugees is a very real threat. That’s where government comes in. It’s not wrong for people to ask their government to protect them from outside threats–it is the government’s job. It’s even located in the Preamble, or purpose statement, of our founding document–the U.S. Constitution.
“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”
And in case you’ve forgotten, the upcoming day upon which I will always remember was created and the heinous actions were perpetrated by people who were here on student visas.
And if I’m coming across as unloving and spiteful in response to these statements which are based upon an ignorant understanding of the purpose of government, then maybe it’s because I’m tired of being called un-Christian in passive-aggressive manners–either come at me directly and challenge my thoughts, or keep them to yourself. No one has the right to call me un-Christian except God. He will judge me for my thoughts and actions, not you.
Keep in mind, however, that I am NOT against having them come here, I am for proper security being given both to them and to US citizens. Remember, it only takes one to ruin it for the rest.

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