Love > Fear: Political thoughts from a girl who is not a politician.

I have remained fairly quiet on social media throughout the election/inauguration because everyone has the right to their own views & I haven’t ever felt it my place to disrespect that or challenge that. At least not on Facebook.

So this isn’t me taking a political stance. My words may not be PC or whatever & across the board I’m not sure where my feet lie currently. I see injustice & a lack of Christ-likeness in the left and the right side. I lean more conservative on a lot of issues it seems but what I am sure of is that I love people. And people matter. None more or less than another. I mean that in the messiest truest form ever. And over the few last years I’ve grown to begin  understanding what that looks like. Agree or disagree with what I am saying, these are just some of my own personal thoughts/perspective to chew on.

So this post is in light of Trump’s expected temporary immigration ban targeting Muslims and several Middle Eastern countries specifically. If you are unaware of what I’m talking about I’ll insert a quote from an article I read explaining briefly ⬇️

“U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to sign several executive orders on Wednesday restricting immigration from Syria and six other Middle Eastern or African countries, according to several congressional aides and immigration experts briefed on the matter. In addition to Syria, Trump’s orders are expected to temporarily restrict access to the United States for most refugees. Another order will block visas from being issued to Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen, said the aides and experts, who asked not to be identified. Trump’s restrictions on refugees are likely to include a multi-month ban on admissions from all countries until the State Department and the Department of Homeland Security can increase the intensity of the vetting process.”

Last semester I had the opportunity to work with refugees from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, and other countries across the Middle East, meeting them from the day they came into American. I learned of the extreme vetting process refugees already must go through before entering America, and more specifically Syrian refugees must go through. I lived with an immigrant Muslim woman in Philadelphia.

I am currently living in the Middle East in the West Bank, Palestine. I have visited refugee camps here, seen the deep history of oppression & really, the dehumanizations of people groups first hand. I have had my eyes opened to the one sided, often incorrect picture our U.S. media portrays. Especially in concern to this area of the world.

But in the midst of seeing this deep hurt, I have never felt more comfortable than I do here.

I have never been around a more inviting people, people filled with hope in the midst of pain. A pain we are so luckily deprived of for the most part in the U.S.

A pain built by the same separation walls potentially being built in our own country. By check points and disrespect, entitlement and arrogance and by fear.

I have become friends with these people. Living in their homes, sharing meals with them, laughing with them.

And everyday I feel more and more uneasy with the image people from these countries have been painted in within the U.S.

Especially the Muslim people.

Everything is generalized and stereotyped. Terrorism does exist all over the world, there’s no denying it. And it shouldn’t be taken lightly. But good people continue to get lumped in to the extremists or “terrorists” category. Treated as less than because of their religious affiliation. These actions against them are being taken for our safety they say. We tell ourselves that, but is that really why? What I see is a nation acting out of fear.

And fear is not of God. {2 Timothy 1:7} Where there is fear there is not love, this is true. & I don’t know about you but I can’t think of a time when fear has ever gotten anyone further than love has. I want to stand united with a country acting out of love – for everyone. (& not just everyone in America)

These people we want to keep out are mothers, fathers, sons and daughters the same as us. Families in need of refuge. And our nation is turning it’s back to them out of fear.

I can not be quiet while people all across America share and repost in excitement over stripping people of humanity. Strong borders are good but walls and restricted entrances for masses of people will cause far more pain and collateral damage than mere security.

And if you are pro-life or more conservative (which if you know me then you know I am very pro- life and pretty conservative in a lot of areas).. then maybe it can sometimes be easier to just stand by the republican policies without doing much digging around or be kind of indifferent because at the end of the day it’s not your battle to fight.
But I’m telling you, it kind of is your battle to fight if you’re pro- life.
I urge you to please consider what being pro life means in the fullest sense of the word if you haven’t already. To look at it in the context of this issue.
To me, I believe it means all life matters. Every stage, every race, religion, sexual orientation, unborn or born, disabled and on and on and on.

With this understanding, we should try and look at the entire world with a genuine LOVE not fear. Have a voice and love for the lives of the unborn as well as that same value for the lives of oppressed people globally.

I’ll leave you with a quote I read last week in Yad Vashem, the holocaust museum in Israel. I think it really applies to loving our neighbor, loving our enemy and loving the people of this world. To standing up for the oppressed, not pushing them further out.

“First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.”

– Martin Niemoller



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