Refugees: We might disagree, but can we at least agree that this is a terrible reason?

If by now you have not heard about the Syrian refugee crisis, then you’ve been hiding in the no man’s land of northern Canada. Based on everything I’ve seen on the news, blogs, Twitter, and Facebook, my guess would be that if polled your church, family, and friends about what should be done then you would find sharply divided opinions.

It should not surprise us. Disagreement runs in our blood.

Personally, I think we should accept those we can. Yes, we should vet them and check their backgrounds to the best of our ability; but we should not let the threat of a few terrorists stop us from doing good to people in need, as individuals, churches, and a nation—we can walk the line of compassion and national security.

refugees_badreasonBut this picture is a snippet of a photo I’ve seen passed around social media that disturbs me to the core. Not so much that someone would post it and that people would share it, but that Christians would share it again and again.

You don’t have to agree with my position on the refugees. You might have good arguments for why you don’t think we should accept them. That’s fine. We can agree to disagree and seek to spur one another on as brothers in Christ (iron sharpening iron produces a few sparks, after all). But the argument in this portion of this picture is: Don’t let those Muslims come to America when there are plenty of Muslim countries they can go to.

Let’s think about that for a second. Obviously this is based on the idea that Islam is incompatible with our American way of life. And in many ways sharia law is. BUT from a gospel perspective this arguments amounts to: Let these people burn in hell so they don’t threaten our comfort and safety.

No Christian should ever favor an argument for the people of any religious group, “Let them go to a country filled with people of their own beliefs instead of coming here.” Most of these Muslim countries are either closed off to the gospel or it is difficult for missionaries to live, work, and share within their borders. This argument is only acceptable if we believe that a faithful Muslim can enter the joy of eternity through their Muslim faith.

You have to rip pages from the Bible to make that plausible.

Yes, our culture is becoming more hostile to Christianity, but as it stands today: immigrants or refugees from most people groups have a better opportunity to be impacted by church ministries and the gospel in our country than in many others, especially those countries of the Middle East, Northern Africa, and South East Asia.

If you want to argue on the grounds of safety and protecting our families, that’s one thing. But to say, “They have Muslim countries of their own they can go to,” is both anti-gospel and unchristian. So let’s talk, debate, and argue our sides; but let’s not like and share photos and articles that basically argue for consigning people to hell in the name of culture and comfort.

First Baptist Dallas Pastor, Robert Jeffress Wants Christians to Cast their Votes for Romney

According to the beliefs of pastor, Stephen Andrew, the president of the Christian Ministries of USA, Dr. Robert Jeffress of First Baptist, Dallas must repent as he is disobeying scripture by his action of leading Christians to vote for Romney who is a Mormon. It is a sin to lead Americans away from Jesus according to him.

Bible and the forefathers of the American nation teach Americans to vote for a Christian. It is their duty to select Christian rulers.

Mormon faith believes that Romney will become a god after his death. Also, they think Christians are inferior.

According to the president of Christian Ministries Americans should not vote for either Obama or Romney who are nonbelievers of Jesus. Instead, they should vote for a Christian.

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Racism is Still a Problem according to a Black Baptist

According to David Shosanya, a black Baptist leader in the UK, apart from statements on racial inclusion, the church has to do a lot to eradicate racism in denominational structures. He has made this comment in a statement he has given to “Keep the Faith”, a Pentecostal magazine. Also, he has mentioned that some might accuse him of washing dirty linen in public as he is a black minister working in a denomination led by whites.

He further said that he wish to point out that affected people read the texts of new testament without attributing the same sentiments towards Jesus who also was a critique of the culture and faith from which he emerged according to the article which was republished in “Baptist Times”.

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Author, Pastor and Professor, Calvin Miller Passes Away at the Age of 75 Years

Calvin A. Miller the best-selling Christian author, a theologian and a seminary professor, passed away on Sunday August 19, at the age of 75, due to complications of an open heart surgery.

He has been a Southern Baptist pastor and a professor in Southern Baptist Seminary located in Fort Worth, Texas. From 1999 to 2007 he has been attached to Beeson Divinity School of Samford University. He was the professor of preaching and pastoral ministry there.

Known as a writer of love letters to God, he has written fiction non-fiction as well as poetry.

George also wrote that Beeson and the entire world of Christ will miss him as Miller had a great love towards Jesus Christ.

Recently, Miller wrote “Letters to Heaven” a book in which he wrote letters of love to those who have died before him. C.S. Lewis was one he has mentioned in the book.

Miller wrote his memoirs in his book “Life is Mostly Edges” in 1998. He was the pastor who founded Westside Baptist Church, Omaha, Nebraska in 1966. Starting with 100 members he led the congregation for 25 years and the membership rose to 2500.

Miller’s bachelor’s degree was from Oklahoma Baptist University and his M.Div. and D. Min. degrees were from Midwestern Theological Seminary located in Kansas City.

He is survived by his wife Barbara Joyce and his children Timothy and Melanie.