A statement from Christian Action Network
Let us share a trend from Christian Action Network’s Facebook page, where supporters “Like” the things we do and haters bombard us with profanity and/or insults.
When we announced our recent petition drive to keep Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe from settling Syrian refugees in our home state (it’s still open; sign it here), the negative reactions all had a similar tone: that we are “unchristian” for opposing a huge, hasty and very political importation of strangers into our midst from a region known for terrorism and extremist violence.
Here are some choice examples:
“How Christian of you.. WWJTA? (Who would Jesus turn away?).”
“No,I won't [sign the petition] you racist, xenophobic, satan worshipers.”
“Quote me some Jesus, people. All that is said here is not Jesus, but is fear and hatred.”
“Wow. Way to show the compassion that Christ commanded His followers to give to those in need.”
“I can almost feel the Jesus! Don't worry this crisis will be over and you can go back to complaining about abortion and homosexuality, two latchkey issues Jesus never spoke of but he did tell us how to treat immigrants.”
“How can you claim to be "Christian" and refuse to minister to those who need your help? Disgusting!”
You get the idea. We don’t practice what we preach. We are hypocrites.
Because Christian people strive to be self-aware and mindful of their own sins, that really hurts. On its face, it seems so true! The president of the United States himself even needles us with it, accusing us in public of being unwilling to help suffering women and children.
What is the correct answer to this charge, such a key part of the left’s — and thus our current government’s— war on people of faith? What is the answer when we’re similarly thrashed for opposing food stamps, mortgage forgiveness, “free” housing, “free” health care, “free” mobile phones — all the wealth redistribution tricks leftists use to buy votes?
Here’s the answer:
There is a big, big difference between giving up one’s treasure and security to help others, and having that treasure and security taken away and traded to others.
The first is charity. The second is theft.
This is the essence of the left’s slimy and dishonest sleight-of-hand on productive and religious people. They confiscate people’s work and money via government regulations, then hand it out from a high place as if it were their own, all the while characterizing themselves as the most charitable people on Earth, or as noble social-justice warriors like Robin Hood.
Us? We are of course selfish, ugly hypocrites, and angry to boot.
To help people who are still in Syria, or to commit a random act of charity that isn't managed by the government, consider International Orthodox Christian Charities (click), to whom CAN makes donations.
Only what we are angry about is being stolen from, and then seeing our stolen property used to paint us as stingy and mean. It's adding insult to injury, this system of them providing all the wisdom and good intentions, while we provide the actual wealth and shoulder all the risks.
In the case of refugees from Syria — or those from Central and South America, who continue to pour over our borders — we are seeing our property, our security, and our children's future handed over willy-nilly to strangers.
Yes, many of them are strangers in need. Given the chance, we would be delighted to help them. Christians (and Americans at large) are in fact the most charitable people on Earth.
But let Americans make the call. Let us decide the who, when, why, how-much and conditions of our charity (because charity need not be unconditional. In fact it is a great way to teach and lead). If we need to take care of our own veterans first, let us. If we want to take care of our own elderly first, instead of continuing to spend all the money they thought they were stashing safely in Social Security, let us.
And the next time a leftist accuses you of being a false Christian, ask for one of their blank checks, with the account number clearly legible. Right now. Or ask for their credit cards, or for a set of keys to their home.
Because you can think of a lot of people who really need their stuff.