Whiplash: What just happened?

Brace for Impact

We knew November 9 that we were on a collision course.  Mr. Trump had promised to end immigration and refugee resettlement, and those promises got him elected.  Some of us braced for impact – and others were still in denial, or hoping for the best.  Just after the election, I wrote this post, warning about what could happen in Mr. Trump’s 100 days, and some people accused me of being disrespectful or unfair.

Maybe I was a little pessimistic.

A president is just a president.  He is not God, he is not a King, and the things that are most important – our salvation, our membership in God’s family, our faithful future – will not be changed by any president.  As I stated then, I re-state now:

No matter who is President, God is the King of Kings.
No human leader will ever be perfect, and every human leader has faults.

The God of the Universe became a refugee, out of love for you and for me.
The Bible is a story of immigrants and refugees, all loved by God.
Because we are part of God’s family, we are called to serve immigrants and refugees, too.

We have HOPE Beyond Borders, because God’s HOPE has no Borders

With God in charge, I will keep serving refugees and immigrants around the world.  But our current US president is going to make that more difficult here at home.

Yesterday, President Trump did what he promised to do:  end immigration and refugee resettlement as we currently know it in America.

  • Block all Syrian Refugees indefinitely
  • Stop all refugee resettlement for 4 months
  • Cap refugee resettlement at the lowest number we’ve ever seen
  • Block all immigrants from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen for at least 30 days
  • Ban all immigrants from countries that the state department finds “concerning” (1)
  • Build a wall on the US southern border (2)
  • Increase Deportations and detentions (3)
     
  • Declare “war” on US cities that treat immigrants humanely (4)

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When our earthly leaders are not meeting Godly standards, we need to hold them accountable.  It might be radical, or political, or shocking to stand up for God’s people.  But we are called to serve God, not kings.

“As Christians, we do not fear our new neighbors who have fled for their very lives –we embrace them. As people of faith, we are called to love and serve our neighbors–and as a result, our churches, our communities and our nation are stronger,”
– Linda Hartke, LIRS

So, what can you do?  Check out this great list from LIRS:
Donate, advocate, pray, volunteer, visit.
Serve God, no matter who is President.  Share HOPE beyond Borders.

1.  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/read-draft-text-trump-executive-order-muslim-entry_us_5888fe00e4b0024605fd591d?0lwdu2cbey5htzkt9
2.  http://www.npr.org/2017/01/25/511619026/donald-trumps-moving-forward-with-his-wall-is-it-really-going-to-happen
3.  http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2017/01/25/trump-plans-ramp-up-deportations/97052306/
4.  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trump-sanctuary-cities_us_588936f3e4b061cf898cbfc6

 

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