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Cardio – The Heartbeat of God 3

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  1. Andy Lim says:

    Hi Steve,

    I was struck very hard by your sermon today. It causes me conflict as a Christian that we are not making a stronger statement against turning our backs to those of all religions that need our help in the Middle-east. I’m talking about the current administrations stance on refugees and ban on travel from Muslim countries. Many of these travelers are escaping war and persecution. Many of these travelers have risked their lives to work with our government. As you quoted today in John 3:10 – “This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not God’s child, nor is anyone who does not love their brother and sister.”

    For me, staying silent about this government policy would not be right nor Christian. I am not alone in this position. Our Christian brothers and sisters in the Catholic church have made a strong statement about this – https://www.catholicherald.co.uk/news/2016/10/13/pope-francis-you-cant-defend-christianity-by-being-against-refugees-and-other-religions/. If there is a time for us as United Methodist Christians to take a stand it is now.

    May God guide us,
    Andy Lim

    1. Thank-you, Andy, for your comment. You’ll be happy to know that the United Methodist Church does take a stance with a whole lot of action to back it up. Check out this page on the denomination’s website: https://www.umc.org/news-and-media/faith-leaders-urge-all-to-welcome-strangers-refugees.

    2. Suzanne Bayer says:

      Andy,

      I am very grateful for your words. I feel so deeply about this. I was devastated last week following church because I thought, surely we will be asked to pray for and act with mercy on behalf of our Muslim brothers and sisters, and on behalf of refugees. I know this government policy is not right, not Christain, not what Jesus would ask of us. And I am struggling with my church’s silence in these times.

      Thoughtfully,

      Suzanne Bayer

      1. Suzanne, it’s one of those tough issues that not everyone sees the same way. We need to pray for our leaders–that they will take the right course of action for the right reasons. . .then seek to understand their motives and the rationale for the action(s) they do take. By the way, the United Methodist Church as a whole is not silent on the matter; see my reply to Andy Lim above.

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