Some 100 evangelical pastors and authors are getting ready to run an advertisement in the Washington Post urging President Trump to rescind his 120-day ban on refugees and instead welcome the persecuted masses into the United States.
“As Christian pastors and leaders, we are deeply concerned by the recently announced moratorium on refugee resettlement,” the ad says. “As Christians, we have a historic call expressed over two thousand years, to serve the suffering. We cannot abandon this call now.
“While we are eager to welcome persecuted Christians, we also welcome vulnerable Muslims and people of other faiths or no faith at all,” the open letter continues. “This executive order dramatically reduces the overall number of refugees allowed this year, robbing families of hope and a future. And it could well cost them their lives.”
In the ad, the religious leaders say that while they respect the White House’s right to guard the nation’s security, there is room for “compassion and security” to coexist.
“For the persecuted and suffering,” they write, “every day matters.”
In conclusion, they write:
“Our prayer is that God would grant President Trump and all our leaders divine wisdom as they direct the course of our nation. We also pray for the vulnerable individuals whom their decisions directly impact.”
The ad comes, of course, while the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals is deciding whether or not to let Trump’s executive order stand as written.
While we respect these religious leaders and their right to air their opinions, we have to disagree with their premise. It is true that compassion and security can coexist – but only if we have the proper security measures in place. There is nothing that compels us to take care of the world’s suffering people if it means subjecting our citizens to death and dismemberment.
You wouldn’t know it from watching the mainstream media, so let’s all repeat it together: This. Ban. Is. Temporary.
In the meantime, let’s let the president do his job. He has insight into the dangers that threaten this nation, and he is carrying forth the will of the people who elected him. If his temporary moratorium on immigration from seven dangerous countries and his 120-ban on refugee resettlement can prevent even one terrorist attack, it will have been worth it.