In 1939, Canada would not let the ship St. Louis bring Jewish refugees into the country. The over 900 passengers were trying to escape from Nazi Germany and we turned them away at the border. When faced with no other option but to go back to Europe they did, and nearly a third of them ended up dying in concentration camps. Fear stopped us from letting them into our country then and it's happening again now.
ISIS, like Hitler, is a formidable opponent, as what happened in Paris clearly attests to. Paris wasn't the first, though, and likely, heartbreakingly, won't be the last.
Enter fear. Of the four million people displaced by the civil war in Syria there are bound to be some bad apples. Those four million people need to go somewhere, though. Canada has offered to expedite the process of bringing 25,000 of them into the country in the coming months. The backlash against those refugees entering our country has been huge. The thing is, what happens to them if we don't let them in? Where do those people go? What do they do? What can they do? Going home is death. Truly. They left their comfortable lives out of necessity, fleeing for their lives. No, I'm not being dramatic. Turn them away from our borders and they will die, not all of them, but too many.
For those of us that call ourselves Christians, this burden is even bigger. We are called to love others as Christ loved us. I'm not making that up, it's in the Bible. Jesus loved us enough to put himself out there, risking his life and the lives of those he loved. If we really believe that God is on our side, why should we fear death? It will come eventually, and if we have to face it by being missional and showing God's love to 25,000 strangers in the process then I think we're doing our job.
Of the four million Syrian refugees there are bound to be a few bad apples. There is no guarantee that one of those bad apples will try to sneak in with our bunch, though. Just because the process for weeding them out has been shortened, that doesn't mean it is ineffective. There is also no guarantee that we don't already have a few bad apples in our bunch already.
If we claim to be pro-life, why does that only extend to unborn children? Why are our hearts not breaking for those losing it all?
Giving in to fear is letting evil win.