I am Christian. I am Republican. I am Embarrassed.

These past few days a lot has been going on in the world. There has been a lot of hurt, a lot of confusion and a lot of hate. Now, I am in no way a political strategist, theorist or candidate; however, I know enough to know that hate and fear are not the answer.

Republican voters, governors and presidential candidates are stating that they want to protect the United States by closing our borders to Syrian refugees. As a Christian, I could not be more heartbroken by this statement.

Christians are called to love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us (Matthew 5:44). The last time I checked, Syrian refugees aren’t even our enemies. They are escaping persecution, death and fear. Why are our hearts so hard and closed to those who need our love and help?

This whole notion that we should only accept Christians into the United States is equally disturbing for Jesus says, “If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that?” (Matthew 5:46). For those of you who aren’t familiar with The Bible, the tax collectors were some of the most hated people, and Jesus ate with them, invited them to be his followers and LOVED them.

His love didn’t end there, and he calls us to do the same. In John 13:35 Jesus says, “By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” So, my question for presidential candidates, governors and citizens of the United States who all claim to be Christian, is why are you ignoring this?

Why are you letting fear and hatred rule your life? Why are you choosing to only love Christians and those who follow your ideology? Why are you afraid to reach out to the margins of society to spread the love we all know of? I am in no way perfect. Ask anyone and they can tell you I am the furthest thing from it. But, that is what’s so great about Christianity; it doesn’t matter. Love surpasses all understanding.

I understand there is fear. I understand there is frustration. I understand there is confusion. But, that does NOT give us the right to close our borders to those in need. The Syrian refugees are escaping persecution and hate. Are we no better than those who are persecuting them and hating them? I didn’t vote for President Obama, but I 100 percent agree with him when he said, “That’s not American. That’s not who we are. We don’t have religious tests to our compassion.”

We are so lucky and blessed to live in The United States. We have the freedom to say what we want to say and believe what we want to believe. I, as a woman, have the right to write this article and post it online without fear of being imprisoned or killed.

Non-Christians are doing a better job at loving others than Christians are, and that is what is most heartbreaking. I cannot sit idly by and watch as people who claim to have the same belief as me fill with so much hate. These refugees get enough persecution as it is. They are fleeing. They are searching for a better life for themselves. They are searching for a better life for their children. I honestly just do not understand how we got to a point where we let fear rule our sense of compassion.

I am sure if you are reading this you have an opinion. I am sure some of you think I am ignorant, but I honestly do not care. I don’t answer to you. Love has no limits. Don’t let fear and hate rule your life.

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