Where to start?
Bombings in Paris worried me (had friends in the area, and well, lots of other people I don’t know who also were in danger). And I am also concerned about bombings, kidnappings, and mass murders in other places. Yes, they take place on a daily basis and are all horrible. Should they all get as much attention as Paris? Yes. Do they? No. And that sucks too. It’s not going to change (media hype and money and western/northern bias aren’t going away). Can’t we find a way to NOT have to say, “so what about Paris, what about…?” I guess I am advocating for the word AND to get away from the need to diminish one tragedy to highlight another. For example, one could say, “I am concerned about the seeming increase in global violence perpetuated by ISIL, AND I am aware of the fact that Boko Haram is actually responsible for more deaths but they are in Africa so don’t get as much press.”
And I am also wondering about refugees, especially Syrian refugees.
- Do these people need somewhere to go to escape the war in their country? Yes.
- Are refugees a burden on a country they enter? Yes.
- Can there be potential terrorist hidden among refugees? Yes.
- Can there be doctors and school teachers hidden among refugees? Yes.
- Does God say we should love others, including taking care of strangers and enemies? Yes.
- Does God say to take care of aliens in your land? Yes.
- Can we love and care for people in need (refugees, homeless, sick, poor) in any number of ways – being generous and creative, not neglecting others at the same time? Yes.
It’s never simple.