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Can we consider Rick Warren’s refugee statement as noble?

Much ado has been made in the past few days about Rick Warren’s statement in Naperville, Illinois, at a conference when he stated Christians are obligated to help refugees fleeing parts of Africa and the Middle East. In his statement, Warren said, “Jesus never got angry at irreligious people. He only got mad at people who should know better. All of the woes in Matthew 23 and Luke 11 are for religious people. And that’s why the common people and the street people loved Jesus. The only people who had a problem with Jesus were the religious ones. …The largest refugee crisis in our lifetime right now is going on, and people are ignoring it. Actually, they are closing down the borders. …Why must we care about these refugees? Why must we care about foreigners? Why must we care about immigrants? What the Bible sometimes calls aliens, foreigners, strangers in the land? Because God commands it. All throughout Scripture, God says you are to treat people who are out of their country kindly.”

This sounds so convincing and heartfelt on its face, but when one considers how Rick Warren is pro-Vatican and pro-Chrislam and how he has compromised God’s word on several occasions, his words become suspect. Yes, God called upon his followers to care about foreigners, the poor, the orphans, and widows, but there were always caveats to those situations. The Lord also cares about his children who are willing to give–not wanting them to be taken advantage of or to be harmed. He always called upon his people to use wisdom in their giving, whether they gave time, talents, money, or the use of their spiritual gifts. After all, that’s why Jesus commanded us “Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you,” Matthew 7:6.

Anyone paying attention to what’s really going on with this refugee crisis knows that it is primarily being stirred up by billionaire George Soros who wants to use the crisis as a way to erase national borders in Europe. It is also being used by ISIS to funnel their jihadists into the Western Hemisphere to try to spread their militant, violent hatred for anything non-Muslim so they can have a worldwide caliphate. Additionally, it is being used by the Vatican as a step toward Chrislam which is a step toward their one world religion goals.

Yet Warren, his buddy Bill Hybels, World Vision’s Richard Stearns, and others who claim we should ignore the geopolitics of refugees, make it a point in their statements not to mention the plight of Christian refugees–that it is mainly Christian refugees who are denied help. Muslims are more freely allowed to resettle just about anywhere with little regard to if they are genuine refugees.

These men wish us to foolishly ignore scriptures like 2 Thessalonians 3:10 (anyone unwilling to work should not eat of the church’s donations), Exodus 12:49 (foreigners should abide by the same laws as citizens), and 2 Corinthians 9:7 (no one should feel forced to give). Taking all these facts into account, I’m of the opinion Rick Warren’s refugee statement is less than genuine and lacks wisdom.

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4 thoughts on “Can we consider Rick Warren’s refugee statement as noble?

  1. You know people just blop off at the mouth and come up with the “spirit of stupid”. Do they ever ask the Lord what they want to say and then get a green light from Him. I believe if He says OK then He will back us up and if not He will tell us what we should say….We have to ask for the Spirit of Wisdom everyday of our lives because we humans tend to do otherwise……When is this all going to end – if we truly studied and followed Christ, I believe, we would not have the problems that we have….Blessings to you Mr. Gaylord!

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    1. I’ve always wondered about Rick Warrens and perhaps you are right about his leanings but there is some truth in what he says. What you say about George Soros and ISIS may very well be true but amongst those refugees are many vulnerable, hurting, and scared people who need our help. Yes, we should be diligent in our assessment of the situation and those who we offer our hand of help to but we cannot let fear make us shy about reaching out. We have One who is more powerful and capable of helping us to stand in our Christianity in every situation. Prayer is always the starting point. Those who may be behind the scenes in orchestrating such disaster, if this is true, will gain from our inaction by pointing out that Christianity offers no hope in the face of struggle if we fail to reach out. Let’s not forget that before we were saved we considered our Lord God as an enemy but He continued to come after us in spite of our battle against Him. His love won over us and this is the example we should follow. Sure, let’s not jump in blindly but we need to go in, if only for the few that might be saved. We are not alone.

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