A Christian (European) Take on The Subject

Dear Friends, I don’t often do this, but this letter I received from someone much more intimately connected to the situation in Europe really touched me, because it is a call to remember Love in all of this social up-heaval that I so often try to give a Christian perspective to. I don’t entirely agree with what this Christian brother is saying, but wanted to present it to you for discussion or comment. I do agree with his overall point, that love is paramount and that there really is no political solution to the mess the world is in, only a spiritual solution. 

I think the reader misunderstood me when I said I have to get a “Rant” off of my chest. I use the term not as traditional, i.e. “ranting and raging”, but in the modern cyber sense, as someone standing on a soapbox and giving passionate commentary. I appreciate this man, because he fives me a chance to re-iterate, that we should love the Muslims- read, enjoy and comment…

 

Dear Pastor Bill,
I’m not a regular reader, but someone forwarded this post b/c they thought I should read it.
This topic hits closer to home than usual, because it hit this side of the world (I’m Dutch, but grew up in Italy and I now live in the US — I’m writing from Holland, while visiting my parents) and because the it’s a christian writing the blog.
So, I’ll give my two cents, just to see things from a different perspective and so that the non-christians in the house can see that not all Christians think the same way.
Being here, seeing the pain, fear (a close friend lives 300 meters from the theatre), discomfort with the events and with people who are different, makes any commentary on it a potential target for criticism. Kudos to Bill for having the courage to try.

I find it interesting that the writing following the quote from Scripture is completely inconsistent with the quote itself.
You can’t believe in the words, “Cease from anger, and forsake wrath” and then start with “can I just get a rant off my chest” and hope to be consistent.

Seems like the you believe that the Lord would ultimately win, but your hope is in human leaders (probably unbelievers) to get it done for Him. And since they failed (duh?), we are in trouble (“Come quickly Jesus”… and get us outta this mess!).
In the meantime, let’s hate on people who hate us and our way of living and kick them out of our countries like Sobieski did in Poland, since we are a Judeo-Christian nation and they don’t belong here. (This is grossly, summarized, I know — if i’m getting the general idea wrong, please do correct me).

I’m not going to lie: I have had many hateful thoughts about muslims in the last few years and more intensely in these last few days. Despite being post-Christian societies, countries like Holland and England, have an actual official relationship with the church. There is no separation of church and state and these countries could make a political/legal argument for no diversity whatsoever. The US has a cultural argument only, not a legal one. But I digress.

The cleaning crew in the hospital where my dad is staying is mostly islamic judging by the head-coverings. When I walked by them and they were comfortably talking some Arabic language in the halls, I wanted to yell at them and tell them to learn Dutch and only speak dutch in public or get the hell out of here. I want all their “cultural” centers shut down. I wanted the music from Mosques calling for prayer in my sister’s neighborhood to be shut down. Deep down, that’s how I feel. I have felt some sympathy with American friends who in recent years have mourned the loss of their beloved culture (they mostly for other reasons having more to do with the bedroom choices of their neighbors, but also for other diversity such as this).

Here are some questions we have to ask ourselves:
Is my anger right? Is this a “righteous anger”, as many Christians would like justify it? I don’t mean it against the violence, which is universally considered evil and to be hated, but against all Muslims and their way of living in our countries.
My initial thought is that from a Christian perspective, it is not. Romans 12 is super-explicit, no-doubt, in-your-face, painfully truthful on this subject and consistent with the Psalm quoted in the blog,

“4 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly.[h] Never be wise in your own sight. 17 Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. 18 If possible, so far as it depends on you [self-defence is ok], live peaceably with all. 19 Beloved, never avenge yourselves [Never?], but leave it[i] to the wrath of God [remember.. “those who wait on the Lord shall…” what? Indeed, on a different calendar and timing], for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” 20 To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry [if immigrants come knocking on your door, even enemies], feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink [1st century welfare?]; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good..”

Romans 13 follows with a call to submission to authority, those who “bear the sword”, basically telling Christians, that God put them in charge, pay your taxes, respect them and honor them. Put up AND shut up. Mind you that the authorities the Apostle Paul is referring to at the time are christian-persecuting, pagans, who thought their emperor was the son of god and orgies were a good way to worship him. Honor, respect, what? Feed who? This sucks. Yet, Christ modeled it. He died for us, while we were yet sinners (not when we got our act together — we were no better than anyone else, that’s the covenant of grace). The call is basically to trust in God, in his sovereignty and grace and not in our own strength. Love wins, in this battle (gosh, I hate to admit it—but it’s true). Blogs from pastors who invite us to denigrate our country’s leadership for failing to keep Islamists out is inconsistent with the Bible (before you conclude that I’m a obama-loving-euro-socialist, stop yourself — I don’t give a crap about him or any other politician). Your call is consistent with our (yes, mine for sure), selfish desire for earthly freedom, comfort and ease, none of which are promised in Christ. If anything else, our evangelistic fervor that pushes us to support missionaries around the world (my parents being two of them – of the Pentecostal branch of the church), should be excited to see so many unbelievers come to our doorsteps, so that we get to “pour burning coals over their heads” with food and water.

Does suppression work?
My brother-in-law works with immigrants in Utrecht. I asked him what he thought about this mess we are in in Europe.
He also has felt similar feelings that you and I have had. However, he told me something that made me pause. He said, if we now push toward greater separation of culture, better yet, suppression of their culture, we are only going to create greater monsters. Every time you suppress anger and diversity, you create greater pressure to explode. It happened with Christianity in the Roman empire, whose martyrs’ blood is often credited for the explosion of the faith around the world. The case in point today is the Molenbeek neighborhood in Brussels from where several terrorists were born and raised. The place is considered effectively a ghetto for muslims. The thought is that the lack of integration into society, acceptance, etc. has triggered further hatred for their own environment. Theories. Who knows. We know that segregation hasn’t worked out that well. It didn’t and doesn’t work with blacks. It won’t work with other diverse groups.

Last question, are we better than 1933 Germany?
Germany was among the most advanced, civilized, mostly protestant nations of the time. Struggling economically, it went on to elect a populist and exterminate 6 million Jews for being different, while most of the nation watched and didn’t stop anything.
We are capable of the same, probably with another group of people. Your rhetoric suggests that if our leadership put all Muslims in concentration camps [I’m exaggerating. I hope], we would stand and watch too. Some of us would applaud.
Let’s not fall into the trap of worrying about our selfish desires and our inability to trust God’s sovereignty to hate people who are different, very different from us.
I don’t know what the political solution is (I remind you that I have little hope for politics — it’s too often the selfish game for power).
If one wants to stand up for their own culture, fight for it to keep it “pure”, go for it. I don’t care.
Just don’t use the Christian badge for it. In fact, one shouldn’t call himself a Christian if he hates bearers of God’s image and thinks it’s ok to do so. Period. Full stop.
I think the civil solution is to catch criminals. That’s about it.
I do know that if I open my house to a stranger, he’s more likely (not guaranteed) to embrace my way of life than if I kick him to the curb.
I have no doubt about that single act. I have no doubt that I’m commanded to do so. But I speak for my house only.

Bottom line, I don’t like them either, but feelings are rarely good barometers of what is true, pure and just.
Our battle is not against flesh and blood. Hating is easy. Love, the true call, is a gracious gift from God.

Thank you for reading this far. God bless you.

Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil. For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that …

 

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24 Responses to A Christian (European) Take on The Subject

  1. Joe Snead says:

    My associate is Muslim from Lebanon and I have treated him as a collegue and we are close friends. I only hope he sees Jesus in me. My wife and I treat he and his family as friends and feel maybe God sent him here to find Christ. He considers us as best friends. We have to remember that influence is relationship based.

  2. I am a regular reader of your blog. I appreciate the insight of current events as it potentially relates to prophecy and the end of time (which I personally believe is very near.) Thank you for tying so many things together for me.

    I am writing in response to your guest letter and I agree so much w you that love should be paramount. I personally have been struggling w seeing so many influential Christian leaders focus so adamantly on politics. (I am referring, generally speaking, to the many I follow on twitter). As a Christian, it seems very inconsistent to me to see them rail against specific groups of people and leaders in authority w attitudes that come across as, well, harsh. As a conservative, some things are just incredulous to me politically speaking….but my following Christ must be paramount and I don’t find it shocking when people who don’t know Jesus don’t live like it. The shock is when people who claim to know Jesus, who are considered leaders, don’t act like it. Then it becomes a stain on the true body of Christ. Just because it is true, doesn’t mean it needs to be said in a way that is in a “bashing” way by those who claim to love Jesus.

    I am SO not naive – I believe there are very likely terrorists, possibly even in big numbers, hiding under the refugee umbrella. I believe we should be faithful to vote but Scripture talks more about submitting and praying for authorities over us. Somehow, by the words these leaders are using with their keyboard….they do not come across as prayer warriors.

    Scripturally, I see Christians as being less “mouthy” politically and more about making as many disciples as possible. If the authorities that we’ve elected, that scripture says “God has put in power” welcomes groups of people w terrorists in that group of people….should we not as “the true church” still entertain strangers in our homes, give cups of cold water in the name of Jesus and pray that the eyes of their hearts may be open to the gospel? It is like a mission field coming directly to us. Is our personal safety to extend our life on earth by a few more years most important? Why not rather die for the sake of the gospel? Scripturally, one soul is worth more than the whole world. If 20 terrorists came thru, but one refugee family came thru and met w a Christian family and accepted Christ, wouldn’t that be worth it? He who loses his life for My sake, says Jesus…..

    Time is short. We need to focus more on winning people to Jesus. Less about our personal comfort, convenience and way of life. This world is passing away but we need to be he who does the will of the Father in heaven. The Father who isn’t willing that ANY should perish. Western civilization has been content too long to just give money to let a very, very tiny number go into the world and make disciples, when really it is a calling given to ALL of us.

    This is just a few thoughts that have been weighing on me. I think Christian leaders need to focus more on the true calling of Jesus and less on their comfort, safety and leader bashing. Politics can’t change hearts. Jesus does that.

    • suez62 says:

      Fact #1 The Dutch writer of the article is right. We must love, unconditional. But not be stupid either. Mat_10:16 Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.
      Fact #2 According of what I have heard about the Koran, they are suppose to blend in and make friends with people. Lying is encouraged, and OK in the Koren, to achieve their plan. But, as you love them, keep your guard up also, because it is said, when their Ma’hade (savior), or however you spell it appears, then they will turn and slay you! So, walk with caution. Fact#3 Our votes haven’t counted for many, many, years now. The “elite”, the group that runs the world, already has a person groomed, and chosen to take office, and they place him or “her” there. You votes don’t amount to a hill of beans anymore! Of coarse over all, we know God is in control, and allowing it all for his ultimate plan! Let us love everyone, as best we can, pray for wisdom, love God with all our heart, mind, and soul. Be led of his Spirit, and TRUST in him for all things. God bless you, in Jesus name!

    • Lisetta Estevez says:

      Wholeheartedly agree..well said.

    • I wanted to clarify that I wasn’t referring to the author of this blog when I was saying I was bothered by the Christian leaders who are “mouthy” politically. We need Christian people who will speak hard truths on political soapboxes, just as we need strong leaders and a strong military. There’s a right way and a wrong way to discuss these issues and I was referring to other leaders I’ve read harsh statements come from. I hope I’ve made that clear. I want to reiterate that I’ve really learned a lot from this blog about connecting Scriptures to end time events and I appreciate the author’s work and insight! I can’t recall anything off the top of my head I necessarily disagree with politically either nor can I recall anything I’ve considered harshly worded. That was a generalization I’ve witnessed and was referring – it wasn’t targeted to the author.

      Personally, it makes more sense to me from an economical and safety perspective for the western governments to pool the resources they are wasting on moving these people and build the refugees sanctuary cities IN their homeland of Syria. No one has asked me though. ha!

      This is a very complex subject and I don’t pretend to know exactly where the line between it being a defense/political/military issue and a spiritual, Christian issue is. I do believe it ties in with the end of time though. I do wish some of the OTHER Christian leaders with loud voices would make their statements with compassion and love. That was my main point.

      If my area becomes an area with refugee families, I pray I will set aside my differences and political frustration and try to show them the love and compassion of Jesus that they desperately need. That’s MY personal mission.

      • billrandles says:

        Brother I know that and never thought you were referring to me. I really appreciate your points and the discussion that followed and I resolve to take the stance you do in our immediate proximity- Grace and peace to you-

        On Tue, Nov 17, 2015 at 3:15 PM, Pastor Bill Randles Blog wrote:

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  3. Fran McGibbon says:

    President Obama is of the world and serves the god of this world as most governments do. Therefore we put no trust in him or those of his administration. It is difficult not to feel anger and malice toward them, but then we must repent, because God said not to. But we can pray for them as commanded and ask God to help our prayers to be sincere. I know that many prayers were prayed for me and I do not know who they were, but they obeyed God and did so. If we keep our mind stayed on Him He will keep us in perfect peace. We are to be heavenly minded dwelling in the secret place with the Most High abiding under the shadow of The Almighty God. I love the song “turn your eyes upon Jesus look full in His wonderful face and the things on earth will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace. All this that is happening will ultimately glorify Him, for He is in control and His plan and purpose will bring Him glory. I believe that is what we as born again Christians are to do, “Be heavenly minded” And as Jehoshaphate did in 2 Chronicles 20, when he saw the multitude coming against him and did not know what to do, he laid it down and said our eyes are on you. And in Psalm 92:7 God says ‘When the wicked spring up like grass and when the workers of iniquity flourish, it is that they may be destroyed forever.” And my favorite would be what David said”Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a Javelin. But I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, The God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defiled. Then all the assembly shall know that the Lord does not save by sword or spear; for the battle is the Lord’s and he will give you into our hands”. Psalm 91 is so important, if we dwell in the secret place of the Most High, that means a very close and intimate relationship, then everything that follows in the Psalm we can rest assured of. So may God help us to be heavenly minded and to know that if it were not for His grace there go we all. Shalom Maranatha

  4. Stephanie says:

    Hi Pastor Bill,
    Thank you for sharing this letter. It’s a hard thing to figure out. But I know that a lot of scripture points out the error of false religion and false doctrines. It almost seems like the majority of scripture does that. This makes me think of God warning the Israelites not to worship Him the way the Canaanites worshipped their gods. Also when all the Israelites started calling YWHW their Baal and started joining in worshipping Baal with pagans cause they figured it was the same god. It also makes me think of the Maccabees and how they stood up to the Greeks. (I think it was the Greeks). According to Daniel the Maccabees had understanding of what was happening and knew what to do. Yes we are to pray for our enemies and those who persecute us and hate us but God has always provided certain labourers of His to speak truth and point out the error and sin and false ideologies and false religion of the world. Paul certainly didn’t stop preaching truth and pointing out error in the name of new age John Lennon kind of love. That’s why all the apostles and many other Christian has been killed and persecuted who spoke truth. So yes love our enemies but PLEASE don’t stop preaching truth. Nowhere in scripture does it say to not proclaim the truth so that we can appease our enemies so they will like us. The world is going to hate us no matter how nice we are to them. After WW 2 the Jews were migrants and displaced peoples. They were treated horribly by Britian, America and many European nations even after the Nazis were defeated. These Muslims migrants are treated very well by by the kings of the earth and they behave horribly. The Jews were meak and humble and were treated like animals. I know I’m going on and on but isaiah 17 mentions that Aram will be as the glory of the sons of Israel. No one wants the Christians from Syria and Iraq. They can’t migrate with the Muslims because they get killed or persecuted in the way. Also no countries want the Christians but they’ll take the Muslims. I wonder if God is doing this so that many true Christians are left in the Levant. Ones refined by this heavy persecution. Damascus is going to be gone and all the Muslim men have forsaken the cities in Syria. Even Isis is starting to leave. I wonder if all that will be left are widows, children and Christians. Somewhere God says leave your widows, I will keep them alive. Thanks again and sorry for such a long post but these are just my thoughts. I’m no scholar and am not saying I’m right. They’re just thoughts of mine.

    Stephanie

    • Fran McGibbon says:

      We all should continue to speak the truth, i totally agree with you Stephanie. And I have been completely supportive of Pastor Randal doing so, as I am of my pastor David Hocking and Barry Stagner. Blessings

      • Stephanie says:

        I appreciate Bill Randles, David Hocking, Jacob Prasch and many others like them who aren’t afraid if being labelled politically incorrect. Truth isn’t always easy. In fact it’s usually difficult but is good medicine. I like your earlier post. I’m not called to be a teacher and I agree with everything you said. But we should pray for those who have been called to teach and preach who have an audience that they are given the strength to keep preaching the truth no matter how unpopular it gets.

        Love you sister!

        Stephanie

  5. Marlene Holland says:

    The letter was such a good reminder to me. I had listened to the world and not to the word. Thank you for printing this letter. I also appreciated Fran McGibbon’s comment.

  6. Fran McGibbon says:

    I agree, but we are all called to teach God’s truth by the way we live our lives and proclaiming His truth at every opportunity, if on the job or in our daily travels, God will provide the opportunity and we as His representatives will respond with “Thus saith the Lord,or it is written” . God said to Moses, when Moses did not want to do what God sent him to do because he thought he was not able do so “Who made your mouth? I will teach it what to say. So if we continue in the Word then God will provide us all the opportunity to declare it faithfully and fearlessly. I know because His Word is hidden in my heart, I may not remember all of it, but it is in my heart, then when speaking to others it just pours out and is a blessing to them that hear, for God’s Word never returns void it always accomplishes the thing into which He sends it. Like Jeremiah said ” 15:16, “Your Words were found, and I ate them, And your word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart; For I am called by your name O Lord God of hosts.You will know your calling is the same as Pastor Randall, Hocking, and Stagner, He will just use you in a different way. God open many doors for you dear sister and may you proclaim His truth boldly and fearlessly. Shalom

  7. Lisetta Estevez says:

    Truly spoken well received…thanks

  8. Sheila says:

    This is it in the end, Christians to be known for our love. It is difficult to live in these times no doubt about it. God’s grace and the staying of His hand is that ‘none should perish’ and that this gospel of salvation should be preached to the ends of the earth. If we don’t go to the ends of the earth God may do all He can to send them to us 🙂

  9. Cathy Bachand says:

    Hi Pastor Randles, your blog feeds me spiritually. Thank you and thank God for His ministry gifts to us. I had a hard time following the guy of the letter you shared. He seems very conflicted. And I think he greatly misunderstood what you were saying. I’ve found that as we allow the Holy Spirit within to lead us we can absolutely fullfill the law of Christ every time. But there is danger in just strictly following the scriptures in a legalistic manner even the love scriptures. I might not be expressing what I think very well but I do not feel all warm and fuzzy towards those who are being brought here to our country to steal, kill and destroy us. The sons of God are led by the Spirit of God. But it seems to me that what God is doing in judgement and what the enemy is doing because we belong to Christ is being blurred and needs to be addressed. Whether we live or die we are His and we believe that He chooses our path which He has promised to show us individually. In the mean time I’m standing on every promise of protection and refuse to be a suicide refugee helper. Sincerely your sister in Christ.

  10. P Cochrane says:

    Evening Bill and Kris,

    I’m not sure what to say about the above mail. I guess it is best summed up with his statement that he does not read your blog and therefore he does not know your heart. Mor who as you know is a Moslem always tells us how much he loves you, and by the way he says he often sees you when he is in bed at night. Maybe God is calling him.

    I am so glad that faithful men of God like you are willing to keep expounding the word and keep things in perspective. Please don’t stop.

    Do hope the family are all well. Love Pam and all the Cochranes

    Sent from my iPhone

    • Mrs Gillian Dandy says:

      This morning , The Lord had me pray for The Muslims, particularly ISIS. Perhaps I’ll be shouted down and I expect that; but we are told to pray for our enemies. Only Jesus can reach them. Without repentance all of us face hell. X

      • Fran McGibbon says:

        Amen

      • Stephanie says:

        Mrs. Gilkuan Dandy, I pray for ISIS and Muslims often but until they become born again they are not my brothers or sisters. Harmless as doves and wise as servants as the scripture says. There is a radio show and they have a you tube channel called The Voice of the Martyrs. You will be blessed to check it out as I was cause it made me realize that our prayers are being answered. People are interviewed on their show who are Syrian and Iraqi Christians who are persecuted also missionaries who risk their lives going into Muslim countries to witness to people. On one of the shows a man reported that many ISIS fighters are having dreams of Jesus. The man said that many Christians there believe God will raise up many Sauls to become Pauls among the radical Muslims and jihadists. Also the shows report many many Muslims who are running to Lebanon are becoming Christians and that the churches in Lebanon are doubling and tripling in size because Muslims are sick of the killing and wars. So look it up.. The Voice of the Martyrs. I guarantee you will be tearing up and praising the Lord after listening!

        Stephanie

  11. Paul McGoverne says:

    As you pointed out context is everything and so is the whole symmetry of Scripture. Anger in itself is not wrong, and in context, legitimate. The Lord Jesus Himself was angry; Mk. 3:5. Anger is certainly justifiable in some cases. “Be ye angry and sin not.” Be angry with sin, be angry with an ideology or belief system that turns men into monsters that justifies systematic rape, mutilation, enslavement, oppression barbarism and genocide against Christians, Jews and anyone else who is on your agenda/hit list, as both personal tools and tools of state etc. Of such is Islam. The issue is not whether anger is wrong, but how it is expressed. What we as Christians on a personal or individual level are not to do is engage in acts of retaliation or inward hatred “vengeance is mine”; hate the sin love the sinner though it be most challenging. (There are any numbers of examples where anger is legitimate as a concordance will quickly show.) Ps 37 admonishes us to trust, be patient and rest in Him, knowing that the wicked’s “day will come” and not to resort to devices of evil though they, the “evildoers plot against the just” for their demise. What Ps 37 is not saying is to do nothing or as the respondent crudely put it, to “put up and shut up.”
    We are called to be salt and light, and that involves both being and doing, at both the personal and political level. “Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s”. At the civil level we are commanded “to do good.” That involves exercising our democratic rights, liberties and note, responsibilities,-won I might add by the conviction and blood of Christian martyrs – who contrary to the respondent, put up and did not shut up, for their “ancient Christian liberties”- to influence people including political parties and government in a Godly rational way. A critical aspect of our rights and responsibilities is the legitimate ability to criticise our elected leaders, after all, they are theoretically at least, accountable to us, employed by us or we the people. Above all we are “commanded to pray” for our government.
    We must distinguish between the Christian’s individual response and a governmental response. God gave us Government. Its primary role is for the welfare of its people and to punish “evildoers.” We pay taxes for civil services including military duty. You talk about context re. Rom 12; read Rom 13:4,5: “For He (government) beareth not the sword in vain for he is a minister of God a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.” A sane accountable Government doesn’t allow the importation of a people that owe their primary civil political religious allegiance to a foreign power and god, that given an opportunity, in the blink of an eye , would through weight of numbers, democratically or militarily (including terror) would overturn our precious Judeo Christian heritage and democratic institutions- what remains of them, for a blighted barbaric totalitarian society that tolerates no intellectual social religious or political dissent. Capitulation or silence in the face of evil as the respondent is suggesting is neither godly, manly or scriptural. It is respectfully cowardly and stupid. At the political and military level we have a duty to protect our country be it at the ballot box, political canvassing/ activism or military service if called upon; individually, we must pray ever so earnestly, both for our government and also for the revelation of the Lord Jesus to the Muslim people.
    Yes, “love wins” but not according to your recipe, but a love that note, “speaks the truth in love,” a love that do’ and like a good and faithful shepherd warning the sheep and your fellow man of the dangers, a love that works while it is day, not prostrate is face a an Islamic night. That Islamic doctrine and thus Islamic immigration is inimitable to our way of life is axiomatic I would have thought, at least to the Christian. Bill Randles was exercising his legitimate political and pastoral rights and responsibilities carrying out his godly duties. There is no inconsistency. As far as to quote you “pouring burning coals over their heads (Muslims) with water and food” why don’t you start by helping your persecuted and tormented Christian brothers and sisters in the Middle East who are having their water and food taken away by the Moslems? Why don’t you write to your government imploring them to act on the part of the defenceless calling for international political action to stop this genocide rather than allow it to be imported here- a gross dereliction of duty and God given common sense, in my opinion? Evangelise, sure, but why willingly put yourself, your family, community and nation in a position of weakness? Why the willingness to invite a “divided house.”

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  13. Marie says:

    For His people -our blessed hope: “But as for me, I will watch expectantly for the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation. My God will hear me. Do not rejoice over me, O my enemy. Though I fall, I will rise; Though I walk in darkness, the LORD is a light for me.” Micah 7:7-8

  14. Jennie Stimson says:

    Hello dear Bill, Thank you for posting this, you are wonderfully honest, straightforward and true. Giles is currently at home in Romsey and I’m in Sheffield for a few days helping Zoe and her husband (their second is due in two weeks) so I only have a few minutes. This man makes some good and thoughtful points. But I think, in taking you to task about the unconditional nature of Christian love, he ignores the nature of Islam and its desire to subjugate the world. There’s something fundamental going on which leaders of the countries in the West ignore to their peril, which is the point you are making. Judaeo Christian compassion towards individuals in genuine need – of course. But immigration en masse into a nation when those arriving have no intention of integrating, does not demand the same response. Good leaders protect and defend their countries against invasion whatever form it takes. The flooding of the West with Muslims, peaceful or not, is invasion. ISIS has deliberately created a major humanitarian disaster in Syria. The sheer numbers involved mean that the ‘refugees’ will soon be able to overwhelm our way of life, and they know it. The final step and ultimate intention – to avenge themselves on the West and bring in the caliphate under sharia law – is now within its grasp. What does God want us to do? Not be stupid! Dear Bill I am very tired. I wrote this between 6 and 6.30 this morning and it is now midnight, it’s been a busy day! God bless you richly and be encouraged, I believe you are spot on both in what you say and the way that you say it. You are not unloving, you display the love of Christ richly. My love in Christ, Jennie

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