Theologizing Social Policy in the Wake of the Refugee Crisis

There has been plenty written here on Redstate about the Refugee crisis that more able commentators have delved in to. I do not mean to rebut any of what they have said and I generally agree with what has been said. Erick, in multiple posts, has confronted the argument that Christians in particular should be completely for letting in the refugees carte blanche. In my own personal life the argument has come up in the form of compassion. That it is not Christ-like to deny entry to refugees, assuming that is what they legally are, and that Christ commands compassion in all situations. I agree with the statement that we should strive to live in a manner which glorifies God in all situations. The problem with the liberal refrain is that they insist on using blinders and using only a few verses of scripture to prove their point regardless of what other pieces of scripture might say to add context or qualifiers.

Let us knock out the biggest problem first. It is highly hypocritical for the left in one breadth to insist that laws for an entire country should not be based on one segment of the society’s religious views (marriage) but then in the next breadth tell that same segment of society that the must look to their Bible to justify another law. Unfortunately, the charge of hypocrisy falls on deaf ears to most politicians especially those of a liberal persuasion.

Matthew 25:31-46 is what has been thrown out the most. Specifically, “I was a stranger and you welcomed me…” Just in the context of this entire passage we see that Jesus is identifying with the invisible church in this age, specifically verse 40: “And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.'” The qualifier my brothers is crucial since the Doctrine of Atonement teaches that through Christ’s own righteousness and crucifixion He was offered up as a propitiation for our own sin. The Westminster Larger Catechism in Article 74 sums up Adoption: “All those that are justified are received into the number of His children… the Spirit of His Son given to them, admitted to all the liberties and privileges of the sons of God, made heirs of all the promises, and fellow-heirs with Christ in glory.” This is what allows Christ to call His disciples in this age His brothers in the Second Coming. Plainly, this passage is not referencing all people but rather the followers of Christ.

On top of that there are numerous passages of the Bible which command the followers of Christ to use proper judgment in the face of the world. Philippians 1:9-10; Hebrews 4:12 and 5:14; 1 King 3:9 and 1 Thessalonians 5:21. John 7:24 sums it up nicely: “Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgment.” In these passages Christians can see that we should investigate the hearts and motives of man and not merely go along with something merely because it looks or sounds like a good idea.

I close with Colossians 2:8: “See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ.” As has been recounted countless times here at Redstate the Democratic party is the party of abortion, homosexual marriage and restricting the free exercise of religion for Christians. When they cry foul at the Christian right for not following Scripture that should be a good indicator that all believers should stop, read their Bible and pray for wisdom. I do not doubt that there are true believers in the democratic party and that they support letting refugees in wholesale but we should not treat the refugee crisis as a moral or theological crisis. It is a legal crisis – one where letting in refugees is a matter of legislative judgment while protecting the territorial integrity and safety of citizens is a constitutional obligation. If the refugee crisis has anything to do with Jesus it is as an opportunity to preach the gospel to tens of thousands of Muslims in America and Europe, previously subjugated under totalitarian Islamic regimes, without them having to fear punishment. “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few.” Matthew 9:37