Worried About Syrian Refugees?
Our hearts are drawn to prayer for the victims and their families who suffered from recent tragedies in Paris, Beirut, and Russia at the hands of ISIS terrorists.
Unfortunately, these events have caused panic in some of us with reports that at least one terrorist entered Europe as a refugee resulting in calls from political leaders to rescind the commitment to resettle refugees from Syria in their states. It wasn’t too long ago that many of these same leaders chastised the President for not responding swiftly to rescue these war casualties.
The majority of Syrian refugees remain in Middle Eastern countries. Unfortunately, the violence they experienced in their homeland has spilled into many of those places of refuge. The example is the bombing in Lebanon during the same week as the Paris attacks. But we haven’t heard very much about that tragedy have we.
Perhaps the paranoia should extend to persons of Syrian descent in our country. In that case we should be wary of persons such as Jerry Seinfeld, Paula Abdul, former Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels, Paul Anka; all persons of Syrian descent.
Few of us have experienced the terror these refugees have experienced. Turning our backs on them in their time of need would be one of the biggest contradictions to our values as Christians. Furthermore, many of the refugees are Syrian Christians. Imagine how the calls for rejection by fellow Christians set in their ears.
Our churches have settled other refugees who fled their countries under similar circumstances. What their hearts desire has been is to be safe and to have their children be safe. Also understand that refugees are among the most vetted groups to enter our country. Despite the political rhetoric, very few create trouble. In fact, far too many become the victims of violence at the hands American citizens.
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Why I Am a Baptist
While on a quest to understand our region's history I came upon a series of articles written by Walter Rauschenbusch about what it means to be a Baptist. I thought you might enjoy reading this series of articles. Recognize that these were written in 1905, long before gender inclusive language was conceived. This series appears in Rev. Dr. Rauschenbusch's own words, unedited and unabridged without commentary. - Alan Newton
THE ROCHESTER BAPTIST MONTHLY - November 1905
Why I am a Baptist BY PROFESSOR WALTER RAUSCHENBUSCH
Why am I a Baptist? Well, at the outset, because my father was one.
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