Feeling fearful, terrified even, at what’s going on in the world? We live in evil, scary times. But in the midst of it all, God trusts us to show that his perfect love casts out fear. He waits to see us reach out with love, not draw away in fear. And to give and keep on giving, no matter the cost.

The world is falling apart before our very eyes. People from all walks of life and of all ages everywhere, are expressing fear, anguish, and even anger and hatred.

And much of what we see brings anger. Abortion with all stops pulled out. Child pornography. Slavery at an all-time high. Evil should make us angry. Angry enough to try to stop it, and do whatever we can to ease the pain, suffering, and confusion it causes.

Yet, these evil times are the church’s greatest hour.

Our past work in refugee camps brought this home to us. “Keep them out,” said many around us. “We can’t help them, we already have too many problems.” Often adding, “And what if…”

Yes, what if? What if terrorists come in their midst?

This reminds me of some of my all-time greatest heroes. The ten Boom family of Holland who hid Jews during WWII. And always with the threat of “what if” hanging over them.

What if one of them was a spy, a traitor, an informant?

It could cost them their lives, or at least send them to a concentration camp.

A pastor happened to visit them on the day someone from the underground was delivering a Jewish baby in need of a hiding place. But babies were the most dangerous to hide. One cry, and they’d all be caught.

They couldn’t keep that baby there. Their house was too public, too trafficked. “You live in the countryside,” they told the pastor. “You can take the baby!”

But the pastor was afraid. It could cost too much. “You could lose your lives for that baby,” he told them.

‘You say we could lose our lives for this child,’ Papa ten Boom (Capser) replied. ‘I would consider that the greatest honor that could come to my family.’

I love history and its lessons, and have always wondered how an entire nation could go as far astray as Germany did during WWII. And I always pray that in such times I would have the courage and faith to stand against the tide, like the ten Boom family.

Casper ten Boom, like CT Studd, understood that God trusts us with his reputation.

He’s left us here in this evil, hate-filled world to be his hands and his feet. To react with faith, and not from our emotions. And to show the world who he is and what he is like.

The times we’re living are complex, dangerous, and fearful. I feel for world leaders and all in authority whose job is to protect and make wise decisions. But beyond praying for them to have wisdom there’s not much I can do in that regard.

But in this hour – how can we safeguard Christ’s reputation?

How can we be his hands, feet, and heart to the hurting and fearful? I don’t want to judge that pastor who went home without the little Jewish baby. Fear is a powerful weapon, and we never know how we’ll react until faced with the same situation.

But I would hope to react as Papa ten Boom did then, and when betrayed and arrested.

After arrest, they offered to free him because of his advanced age (85) — if only he wouldn’t hide any more Jews. But he replied, “If I go home today, tomorrow I will open my door to anyone who knocks for help.” So he remained a prisoner. Imprisoned, yet one of the freest in all the nation.

May we be like the ten Boom family, willing to do right – at any cost.

Too much is at stake to do otherwise. God has entrusted us with his reputation. And that’s a stake too high to risk.

You will be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony to them and to the nations. But when they deliver you up, don’t be anxious how or what you will say, for it will be given you in that hour what you will say. For it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you.

Matthew 10:18-20 WEB

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12 thoughts on “A Christian Response to Muslim Immigration in a Time of Fear

  1. I, too, would love to be able to respond as Papa ten Boom did–in faith, with hope, knowing God is bigger than any problem we have. Fear isn’t from Him. Being trusted with God’s reputation? A remarkable gift He gives us to be Jesus with skin on–reflecting him to others. Thanks for this, Sheila. This is one of the best you’ve written. I love your passion!

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    1. Thanks Dayle, I take that as a real compliment – especially coming from you! And I love the way you put it “be Jesus with skin on”! May we always be that, remembering that God is bigger than any problem, fear, or trouble!!

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  2. I was also thinking of the Border Wall. I have mixed feelings about the wall, but I know that if I were in their situation, I would do the same thing for my family. Once they are in our country, we need to help them as we did the boat people. I really don’t understand the difference in America’s reaction. Thank you, Sheila, for addressing this sensitive topic. Many blessings.

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    1. Yes, the wall had crossed my mind too, Karen. And like you, I have mixed feelings as well. Both about that and about the boat people. Many who migrate via such methods are not true refugees, but people trying to escape poverty. The legal thing would be for them to immigrate legally. Yet, I also know that I would probably try whatever necessary to help my family too, if I were in their shoes. And I do know that here the issue is quite particular. We certainly can’t just leave these people to drown in the sea. We have helped them however possible – even having one man spend the night in our home. (For which we were threatened by the police.) And while the political and legal issues are too complex for me, like Papa ten Boom, I want to open my door to all who are in need!! So may the Lord grant us both courage and wisdom to do right!

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      1. Thank you Karen. Prayer is the one thing we can never have too much. And know that I keep you in my prayers too. As you pray for us to have wisdom and guidance, I will also pray the same for you. Thank you!

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  3. That is very well said. I have often said something similar, though not as well about the border wall. We need to have open arms and trust God. Thank you for sharing.

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