My heart has been breaking in my Facebook news feed today.
So many of my “friends” are speaking out against accepting Syrian refugees. They say the refugees threaten our national security. They say we don’t have the resources to sustain them. They say they can’t be trusted. They say our leaders who show compassion are weak.
Then they say we should consider letting in the Syrians if they are Christian.
And my heart hurts.
Where is the love?
Just when I think hatred has been stirred by the fear and that the fear mongers and the haters are winning, I see this beautiful tribute from one victim’s husband and I’m crying.
I remember the families from the Charleston shootings offering forgiveness and LOVE.
Only love is strong enough to combat the hatred ISIS is perpetuating. Not the military, not closing our borders. It’s the worst kind of isolationism to send our troops to kill them and close our doors to their victims.
What the hell is wrong with our world?
Why aren’t we speaking more LOVE?
Only LOVE can save us. Prayer cannot, not when the people praying are also refusing to help. War cannot when the soldiers we send are flushing more victims into the world with nowhere to go. Politics cannot when the criminals are running a help desk and our politicians are tweeting fear and hate.
I tell Hollie constantly, “Speak with love. Act with love. Find the love and let it determine how you respond.”
People are angry. They are afraid. They are being told what we don’t have. But what we do have is love. Find it. Feel it. Give it. It is the one resource which never runs out and is violently contagious. It is the one action we have that is proof of a higher being: the source of love.
More on the Syrian refugee crisis here and here. And on the screening process here (admittedly screening is difficult when the infrastructure needed is in shambles). For the love of innocent children, stop reading FOX. They'll sell any crisis for mindshare and advertising dollars.
Let us reach out in love, people. Even our U.S. Christian leadership is urging hearts and hands for helping.
UPDATE: December 22, 2015
An organization doing something in LOVE. Click here to learn more about The Compassion Collective.