Short rant on a big topic:
Trump Jr’s tweet:
I’ll bypass the possible racist message implicit in this white bowl filled with “potentially poisonous” colored candy. I’ll even forego the argument that numbers and past experience argue against the main idea of this picture (e.g. the attacks that are coming aren’t from people who are refugees, they’ve been here).
As a Christian, this strikes a deeper nerve.
I’m not much for legislating my theology, in fact I’m of the belief that if God had wanted a theocracy he would have established one. However, where scripture plants its flag, I plant mine. So as an evangelical Christian voter (the kind you and Trump sr. are trying to court) allow me offer a Biblical perspective on the issue:
From cover to cover, the Bible is very clear about foreigners and those in need:
“When a foreigner resides among you in your land, do not mistreat them. The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt.” -Leviticus 19:33-34
“Now this was the sin of your sister Sodom: She and her daughters were arrogant, overfed and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy.” -Ezekiel 16:49
And when asked what the greatest commandment in the entire Bible was, Jesus’ response was to tie two concepts together that simply cannot be separated:
Love God. Love people.
It’s that simple. However distorted or diluted the practice of the Christian faith may become in our culture or any other, the essence of the gospel is this: as we were once alienated from God and have been reconciled through Christ, so we have been sent into the world as ministers of reconciliation.
You sir may be afraid of the foreigner, but Jesus wants the Skittles.