Evangelicals commit to refugee resettlement efforts

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World Vision's U.S. President Rich Stearns, center, visits with Syrian refugees in Irbid, Jordan. Photo by Jon Warren, courtesy of World Vision

World Vision's U.S. President Rich Stearns, center, visits with Syrian refugees in Irbid, Jordan. Photo by Jon Warren, courtesy of World Vision

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WHEATON, Ill. (RNS) They said there are nearly 60 million displaced or refugee people worldwide, “a humanitarian crisis of unprecedented size.”

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  • Tom Snyder

    Christians should oppose resettlement of refugees from Muslim countries in the United States without vetting them first. In fact, they should oppose more mass immigration and support the efforts of indigenous populations to come to Jesus and take over the institution of a Christian free market, with liberty, in their own countries. They should also oppose the socialist welfare state created by Democrats and Republicans, which are short-term solutions that create long-term problems and that destroy the institutions of Marriage and the Family. Jesus supports private charity, families taking care of their own family members, self-education, family education, and personal responsibility. not government handouts and gov’t “education.” http://www.theculturewatch.com/biblical-economics-jesus-supports-private-charity-and-personal-responsibility-not-government-handouts-2

  • Eric

    “Christians should oppose resettlement of refugees from Muslim countries in the United States without vetting them first. In fact, they should oppose more mass immigration and support the efforts of indigenous populations to come to Jesus and take over the institution of a Christian free market, with liberty, in their own countries.”

    Way to miss the point, Tom. Your ill-informed ideas are as unrealistic as they are unChristian.

  • Doc Anthony

    “Actions of love and compassion for refugees” are okay, but elected officials have a moral and legal responsibility to protect the people they are serving, as much as possible.

    Elected officials don’t get to hide behind Christ’s “Great Commission” when terrorism strikes, as with the San Bernadino tragedy. The “vetting process” allowed somebody into our country who should NOT have been there.

    Obama’s own FBI director has admitted that there are “gaps” in Obama’s vetting process. We largely aren’t able to get intelligence on exactly who’s who and what’s what, when it comes to Syrian refugees. In other words, America is flying blind.

    Over 30 governors have said out loud that they need to see that situation change before going along with Obama on this issue. Prov. 27:12 states, “A prudent man sees evil and hides himself; the naive proceed and pay the penalty.”

    Nobody is calling for fear — just a little foresight. Not panic, but prudence.

  • larry

    This is a Poe’s Law post, right?

    There is far too much ignorant wingnut-speak in this to take seriously. I don’t know where to begin.

  • larry

    You put vetting process in quotes because you neither know what is involved, more cared to educate yourself on what it is. The part about the FBI director is probably fiction. America has more experience in settling refugees successfully than virtually any other nation.

    Those governors are appealing to a panicky, ignorant and bigoted voting base in order to score cheap political points on proposals they have no power to enact.

    There is nothing prudent here at all. In fact their nonsense helps terrorists and ISIS. The last thing islamicists want is to see Muslims doing well and thriving in a democratic society. They don’t want to see Muslims integrated into a modern and free nation.

    Those governors and the f00ls backing them are great assets to ISIS.

  • Fran

    It won’t make any difference what governments do or don’t do now concerning immigration, the brotherhood of man, or lack thereof. In the near future, God’s kingdom or heavenly government will intervene in man’s affairs, replacing all of man’s governments (Daniel 2:44).

    That government, with Jesus as King, will put an end to all wicked ones and rule over man with righteousness peace, love and justice (Isaiah 11:1-11; Micah 4:3,4).

    True brotherhood of man will only come about and thrive through that government, uniting meek people of all races, cultures and nations (Psalm 37:10,11).

  • Richard Chavarria

    Article says there are over 60 million refugees in the world. Shall we take them all into the US? Of course not! There will always be people in dire straits. I would probably be more positive about this when I read that these 100 leaders bring a Muslim family into their homes. As a Christian, I would be much more inclined to get involved if I knew of the opportunity to support a Syrian Christian family. We are to support the brethren first.

  • ‘Christian Free Market,’ really? Do you know how the free market was introduced in Chile in 1973? There was a military coup, sponsored by the US, and a brutal military dicator, who would later be indicted for crimes against humanity, replaced a democratically elected leader? A similar story occurred in Argentina in the 1970s

    Do you know how the Free Market was maintained in Russia during its early years? Yeltsin dissolved Parliament, which had opposed the free market, using tanks.

    What is happening here with our freem market? A ever growing wealth disparity that did not occur during the Bretton-Woods, post WW II years. In addition, a possibly economic fatal condition of exploding national debt as well as the 2008 economic collapse were all due to the “Christian Free Market.”

    One of the biggest dangers we American Christians face is that of conflating of America’s status quo with the Gospel. And thus we have terms like ‘Christian Free Market.’