I write this today, saddened and a bit nauseated by the actions and words of fellow Christians regarding the Syrian refugees. I feel the need to get this off my chest. As always, I don't claim to have all the answers but I do feel that this is what God is leading me to say.
We are not called to live in a spirit of fear. This is made clear not only in 2 Timothy 1:7 but also by the extensive amount of times He says "do not be afraid" or some derivative of that. We are called to be Christ-like, compassionate, loving, of sound mind and judgment, and fully trusting in our God. The responses I've seen from other Christians have been fearful. Oh sure, many of them hide it behind excuses like "well we can't let them in because we're not taking care of our homeless" or "we can't trust them so we shouldn't let them in" or "we have to protect our children/country/Christianity" but all of this stems from fear.
Don't misunderstand though, I get it. I get why they're afraid, it only makes sense to be. We've witnessed plenty of horrific things in our lifetimes and attacks on those who live in faith seem to grow more every day but we MUST keep living in the faith. We MUST trust that God will help our homeless if we ask Him to. God doesn't ask us to trust other humans, He only asks that we trust in Him. God is in control just as He always has been and always will be, He doesn't need us to protect Him or Christianity. Should we stand for our faith? Absolutely! But turning people away who we could witness to--people who need Him and need us to help them through His power? That's NOT standing for our faith. If anything, that's only sending the message that Christians care only for themselves. God is still God no matter if we lose our freedom to worship Him or not. God is still God even if we're killed because we had compassion on those who aren't willing to be compassionate in return. God is still God even when we are persecuted for living like Him.
Knowing what I know of Jesus, I don't think He would turn the refugees away, so we shouldn't either.
"When I was hungry, you gave me something to eat, and when I was thirsty, you gave me something to drink. When I was a stranger, you welcomed me'...'whenever you did it for any of my people, no matter how unimportant they seemed, you did it for me." Matthew 25:35 & 40 CEV