" It's more likely for an ultra-liberal atheist to care for a girl wearing a hijab than a Christian"
- Prashan DeVisser
Open up a newspaper and scroll down your Facebook feed and you what are you undoubtedly sure to see? Bernie, Hilary, and Donald. We have all eyes and ears on the election. And we all have an opinion on who should be the leader of our country. Another big one on the news that has been spotlighted due to the election and recent events is Islam. Muslims, hijabs, refugees, and Trump's idea to identify the Muslim people. But it's not just Islam, it's illegal immigrants, asylees, refugees, gay marriage, women's rights, and transgender bathrooms at target. And ohhhhh mamma there are a lot of Christians who are ticked off. We live in the great country of America where we have the privilege of having rights, and that's what our main concern is. Our rights. And we all have a piece in the blame game. There is a big concern that America and Christianity will be destroyed by a transgender guy in the women's bathroom or a Muslim refugee or an illegal immigrant or a gay rights activist or an atheist, liberal, feminist. But Christianity and America's name and integrity won't be destroyed by any of those things, it's going to be destroyed by Christians who are overtaken by fear, ignorance, entitlement, and who are more concerned with rights than the love of Christ. The world doesn't see Christians when they go on a missions trip or when they're at church on Sunday or putting an offering in the box. They see Christians when they make offensive racial jokes. They pay attention when the fear of Islam and Muslim people is replaced by aggression. They see the videos of the people who walk through target screaming with their Bibles and they say those are Christians. And seriously, why would anybody want a God that treats somebody like that. And that's the part that sucks. We should be a group of people and a community that hurting people run to. People of all religions and gender affiliations and political statuses should feel safe with Christians. That seems like a red flag sometimes, because we don't want to compromise, we are called not to compromise. And we have interpreted loving people who aren't Christian as compromise, and that is not the case. Loving and investing in people who have different beliefs that aren't true and different lifestyles that are sinful doesn't mean we accept it or say that it's okay. It's saying, I'm a follower of Christ and I'm going to show you the love that He has for you. Being patriotic and protecting your country and utilizing your gun rights isn't a sin. Having a strong political opinion is not a sin. What is a sin is making those things more important than loving people and taking an attitude of entitlement over an attitude of Christ. This is like seriously one of the hardest things ever for me because I wasn't to just open a door for a Muslim
lady at Wal-Mart and smile at a transgender guy and then pop back in to my safe Christian sub culture where I can check off my good deed for the day, pretend like everything is good with the world, and then like someone's meme about Islam on Facebook. And then, of course, I get upset that atheists and extreme liberals are trash talking Christians. But what are we showing them? I know it's cliche to pull the what would Jesus do card and you haven't seen your WWJD bracelet since 2002, but we seriously need to ask our selves, what would Jesus do? Be honest with yourself. If He was an American citizen today, what would Jesus's attitude be towards illegal immigrants? How would he act towards Muslims? What would he say about refugees? Would Jesus still shop at Target? What would His attitude towards the transgender community be? Who would He vote for?
As many of those thing that we can't say for sure, we can look at Jesus's life to get answers. Jesus was all about those relationships. He loved on the sinners and that's how they came to know who God is. Relationships. Jesus wasn't like, well you're a tax collecter or a prostitute or a murderer and I accept you for that and you just do yo thing, He spoke the truth in love and he spent time loving them.