Ed Stetzer in the Washington Post:
Like many people, I agree with Trump that we need a greater focus on national security and a more clear engagement in the war against radical Islamism. Furthermore, I believe that good people can have strong (and divergent) views on border security and other issues.
However, in this case, I’m concerned that the president is operating on generated fear rather than facts. We need a better way…
Fear is a real emotion, and it can cause us to make decisions we wouldn’t have otherwise made. Fear leads us to fix our eyes inward instead of on the “other.” But, as I’ve written before, at the core of who we are as followers of Christ is a commitment to care for the vulnerable, the marginalized, the abused and the wanderer.
Agreed on two fronts:
- Stetzer’s argument here: that for a Christian, there is a burden of responsibility to care for people who are placeless.
- The evidence for immigrants and refugees bringing more harmful activity to the U.S. than its native-born citizens has been disproven again and again. This even applies to terror.