The Vetting of Widows
Honor widows (and refugees) who are truly widows (refugees). 1 Timothy 5:3 and following. Paul required a vetting process of widows, and widows weren’t even a security issue. Paul required this of the church, but individual members were still free to support and help whomever they wish. We would do well to distinguish personal convictions (I believe I must help this person) with church responsibilities (our institution and its resources should help this person) with state responsibilities (our government should help these people). Those are three different spheres of influence with three different spheres of responsibilities.
Unless I’m wrong, and please correct me if I am, the FBI has declared it has no vetting process, and all refugees in the country have not been properly vetted, if at all.
We have no right to compromise the safety of other people based on our personal convictions. It is NOT compassion to help one person at the expense of the other and we have PROVEN data that terrorists are using this as a means of infiltration. So no, Jesus would not take the refugees without vetting. Jesus didn’t even do miracles in his own hometown leaving the sick, the lame, the demon possessed in their condition because of the lack of faith on the part of his own hometown people.
We cannot also say “What would Jesus do?” because we don’t know all that he did to know how he would handle these kinds of situations.
With all the love of Christ I say that the church must stop reacting and start thinking to know how to handle this situation.