We had a lot of response to this article. And Christians do not all seem to be in agreement with it’s suggestions. But what do you think?
@james_parker Let me first start of by saying, I am glad you feel comfortable sharing your opinion. In any dialog there will be multiple points or thoughts involved. However, in this case it's pretty clear you are deeply misguided.
For one, it really makes no difference if a Christian wrote this article or if the spaghetti monster wrote the article, as Christians we are in fact called to love our neighbor and to help those in need. That is very clear in the Bible and really not up for any debate.
Two, when someone is accepted in a nation via asylum, they are rarely immediately granted citizenship, most often they are on a visa or permit of some kind that allows them to stay for a fixed amount of time. Sometimes it is dependent on the crises at hand, other times it not. Either way while they are whatever nation they are in whether in Europe, the US, or any other options they are required to follow the laws of the country they are in. If someone is not following the laws and they can be deported, or thrown in prison. Eventually after proving to be a honest resident they are given the chance to apply for citizenship.
Three, this is where it gets really critical: The refugees coming to Europe at the moment are not "Islamists" in fact the people coming to Europe or any other country (I know Canada is accepting more people, and the US recently pledged to assist more as well) are not coming to incite violence. They have literally escaped from the hands of complete tyranny and evil. Bare with me for a moment, if you were living in Syria or Iraq as an honest hard working person who wanted to provide for their family and one day you wake up and there is a civil war going on around you or ISIS is moving in you are going to die if you stay its that simple. So to suggest that these people are coming to incite violence is ridiculous and completely insane. They are coming to escape death and persecution at the hands of pure evil that is an awful lot like the evil we saw in Nazi Europe in the late 1930's through 1940's. The United States and UK, both shamefully turned away lots of Jews seeking to escape that evil, and now you are suggesting we should do the same thing again? Now, of course there are always bad apples in every group, and those people should of course be handled properly if they are breaking laws. But to blanket a whole group a people in that light is lunacy.
Fourth, have you ever been to France or Europe in recent years? I have friends who have, and in fact have friends who live in Europe and your comment is off base. It is estimated that 5-10% of France's population is Muslim, are you really ready to tell me that 5-10% is a number that is "overrunning"? Not to mention this type of comment suggests that they are there to cause trouble, when really most of them are there to find jobs. Look no farther then the SW US, we have a lot of Mexican/Central and South American immigrants and the vast majority are awesome people trying to provide a better life for their families. The US census suggests 17% of our country is "Hispanic", and I would hardly say we are overrun. That doesn't mean we should have open borders, in fact I support stronger border security, and would favor a fence we should know who is coming in our country for sure. I am opposed to illegal immigration. But guess what, when asylum seekers are granted the right to be somewhere its not illegal immigration.
Finally, as Christians which is the key here to this discussion, we are called to embrace those in need. As a Christian I am not ok with saying we should ignore the problem and send people back to be killed in nations that engulfed in civil war or a tyrannical group. Like Mike said, this could very well be an opportunity for us as Christians to SHOW THE LOVE OF JESUS to those people and you know when people are touched by Jesus hearts are changed.