Seek the Wise Course

Jelena sent me another essay to publish, and, as usual, this one is right on time.

In troubled times, Christians have to be able to discern the wisest course of action.  People watch us all the time, looking to see how we, the outwardly faithful, will respond to adverse circumstances.  In last nights’ GOP debate, the subject of the Bible and  helping refugees came up.  Of course, non-Christians were just dying to hear Ted Cruz say something hateful, or contradictory.  The secular media is always looking to discredit Christians in any way they can, and so we followers of Christ have a special duty to conduct ourselves in a Godly way.

This essay by Jelena, written in her usual conversational style, addresses the refugee problem, and Isis’ hatred of the West.  I hope Jelena’s writing will encourage the readers to seek wise counsel from God’s Word.

Seek the Wise Course

Essay by Jelena Anderson

It’s been a while since my last essay, mainly because I can’t stay calm long enough to write something. Every time I turn on the news I get aggravated all over again. I’m sure a lot of you know exactly what I mean.

I even asked my Pastor a few weeks ago how we as Christians are supposed to act in a time that seems like open season on Christians and the Western Civilization. Yes, that’s a broad statement, but that doesn’t make it any less true.

As Christians we are supposed to love and forgive, right; but when we hear about attacks in Paris, or even worse, right here at home in San Bernardino, don’t we also have a right to get angry?

What about the Refugee Crisis? As Christians we are supposed to help others, but since it is a known fact that ISIS has placed their people amongst the masses that are trying to find a better life in a western country, isn’t it normal that we feel fear? Isn’t it normal that we want to protect our country and our families, our value and our way of living?

My Pastor reminded me that we are supposed to be of the world, but not in it (see Romans 12:2). Just because the world descends into chaos and darkness doesn’t mean that we have to follow that same pattern. We know Who will win this war. We know the outcome; so we need to apply our Faith to the situations we are dealing with.

Does it really help anybody if we, too, start to panic and live in fear?  Don’t get me wrong; I have my moments when I want to just scream at the stupidity of some people, but that won’t change a thing.

Some of you may know that I grew up in Germany, and it breaks my heart to watch the horrible transition of a once-Christian nation into whatever it is that Merkel is turning Germany into, with all the unvetted Muslims she keeps letting in.

As an immigrant myself, I can’t help but wonder: If it took 10 months to get my greencard, during which I cooperated the entire way, had my shots done in Germany before I came to America, provided all documentation, went to all the interiews…. you name it, we did it. So all that, plus I was married to an American soldier, was the mother of his child and had already supported him during a 15-month-deployment to Iraq; and it still took 10 months – how is the government supposed to vet these refugees in a timely manner, and yet keep the homeland safe at the same time?

Let’s face it, there are some refugees that really do need our help; and they need us now, not in 10 months, a year, or even longer than that. Then there are a bunch that don’t want our help; they are out to destroy us, our culture, our Faith and our country.

Proverbs 1:20 tell us “Out in the open wisdom calls aloud, she raises her voice in the public square”; so maybe we should give Donald Trump’s suggestion some thought and consider temporarily banning all Muslim immigrants.

That’s not being hateful or Islamophobic, it’s simply a step that needs to be taken to protect the people in this country from further violence and danger.

Look, it’s not like we’re dealing with a few disgruntled individuals. The hatred of the West is something that has been a huge part of Islam for millennia. And yes, I do know that not all Muslims believe this way, and not all of them want Sharia Law in America, but then, not all Germans were Nazis and not all Germans agreed with Hitler’s Final Solution.

We have so many issues in our own country that we need to address before we take in any more people, which would collapse our broken system even more. Proverbs 31:16 tells us to consider a new field before buying or accepting it, expanding a business prudently. In other words, make sure you can take care of what you have already before adding more to it.

So what about the anger we feel when we look at this big mess? Well, we can have a righteous anger, and there is nothing wrong with that, as long as we don’t act hatefully out of that anger.

Instead, let that anger ignite a spark deep inside of you and get back on fire for God! What this country needs now more than ever are Christians that are not lukewarm, but hot,  and will let their lights shine brightly in the darkness. We needChristians who will finish the race and keep fighting the good fight; Christians whose lives are a testimony to the goodness of God!

Will you pray with me:

“Lord, I pray for the leaders in my community, state, and country to be honest servants of the people. I pray that all corruption would be exposed and the corrupt leaders would be replaced by honest and bright men and women who will do good for the people. Expose every corrupt leader and take him or her out of power. Deliver us from evil in our government. I want Your will to be done. Show me how to pray about specific issues so that the infiltration of evil from the enemy will be cast out. Wake up Your believers to serve You with their intercession. Help us to hear Your call and become watchmen on the walls of our community and nation. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.”

(Prayer by Stormie Omartian from her book “Prayer Warrior”)