I have complex and semi-conflicting feelings about the accusations against Brett Kavanaugh.

A professor named Dr. Ford has come forward and said he sexually assaulted her when they were teenagers. As far as I’m concerned she has no reason to life. According to National Center for Victims of Crime 1 in 5 girls will be victims of sexual abuse. This seems to only consider sexual abuse by adults. It doesn’t take into consideration kids sexually abusing each other.

I do not know one single female who at the very least didn’t have her bra snapped in school. Most at some point had her butt and or boobs grabbed, were groped, or worse by one of our peers. Most of those boys actually grew up to be decent men who cringe at the thought that they did those things now – especially if they grew up to have daughters.

Plus, for us – Gen X’ers that kind of behavior was not just tolerated as “boys will be boys,” it was encouraged and even glorified in tv shows and movies. Movies like Porkies, Risky Business, Revenge of the Nerds, Fast Time at Ridgemont High while all rated R were all also clearly aimed at teenage boys, and we all managed to see those movies in spite of their rating. All of those movies glorify objectification of women and encourage boys doing things like copping feels to get a cheap thrill. I’m a profoundly heterosexual female, but that Moving In Stereo scene in Fast Time at Ridgemont High even made an impression on me. Even in the film Sixteen Candles – a chick flick by any body’s standards – Anthony Michael Hall’s character tries not once but twice to get on top of Molly Ringwald’s character against her will, and don’t get me started on the behavior of Long Duck Dong.

In the movie Pretty In Pink, the character Steff played by a young James Spader is a sleaze ball extra-ordinare, and Andrew McCarthy’s character is a gentleman.
Pretty In Pink is a movie aimed at girls. If Pretty In Pink had been aimed at boys James Spaders’ character would have been the hero of the movie, and Andrew McCarthy’s character would have been a sissy and possibly gay. James Spader would have bagged Molly Ringwald and bragged to all his buddies about it.
Thank goodness it was aimed at girls. But, even the character of Ducky Dale – a good guy who is supposedly in love with Molly Ringwald’s character – offers to impregnate two other female students, and grabs and kisses Annie Potts’ character.

Even more recently in the t.v. show That 70’s Show the teenagers on the show are all portrayed as sex obsessed. The characters of Michael Kelso and Fezz both stand out in my mind as particularly detestable. Kelso on more than one occasion cops a cheap feel off of Donna. Fezz hides in her closet, so he can peek at her while she changes, and this is portrayed as normal acceptable teenage boy behavior.

BUT, Brett Kavanaugh was not a young teen when this assault happened. He was 17. He was within 12 months of being a legal adult, and if you read the description of the assault – it was an assault. It was pretty horrifying. He put his arm across her throat. She was afraid that she was going to die. Seventeen year olds are routinely tried as adults – if they’re not rich white kids. When I worked for the DOC I had several inmates over the years who were tried and convicted as adults while still juveniles. One, in particular, stands out in my mind because he received a life sentence when he was only sixteen years old. But, he wasn’t a rich white kid. He was a poor black kid.

People say why didn’t she say something before now? Well, it turns out she did. She told both her husband and her therapist. Her therapist’s case notes support this fact, and please note – she sought out therapy to help her with the on going trauma years after the fact.

I was sexually assaulted as a young adult. I won’t go in to details. It’s none of your business. The man who hurt me never faced charges for what he did. I’ve spent years on and off in therapy because of what he did to me. Evidence of the assault is still visible during a gynecological exam. I have no idea what became of him. Most of the time, I don’t care. But, if he somehow got nominated to the Supreme Court, you bet your sweet ass I’d go off like a fire alarm.

So, yes, people do wrong things when they’re young, and still turn out to be decent human beings. But, sometimes mistakes we make when we’re young carry life long consequences – like the young man sentenced to life at only sixteen. IMHO Brett Kavanagh should have gone to prison for what he did to Dr. Ford, but he was a rich white kid and he didn’t. Up until now, he has suffered no consequence for what he did back then. Denying him the Supreme Court does not constitute ruining his life or even his career. It just says – the wrong we do can come back and haunt us many years later, and let it serve as a cautionary tale to young men who feel entitled to grope young women.

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Recently while arguing over the recent Supreme Court decision about Masterpiece Cake shop a friend laughed at the idea that the Bible says homosexuality is wrong because the Bible says that slaves should obey their masters. It’s true. The Bible totally says that. It is unfortunate that some American Protestant heretics used that to justify the horrible institution of slavery in America. But, I submit that American slavery is the ugly step-child of Sola Scriptura run amok. Because of these hard hearted heretics had 1) read all of the New Testament, and 2) not cut themselves off from the wisdom of the early Church and the Fathers – well, American history would look a lot different.

In Matthew chapter 19 some Pharisees ask Jesus about divorce. Jesus informs them that divorce was never part of God’s plan, but something that was permitted because of their hard hearts. I’m pretty sure if anyone had asked Him Jesus would have said something very similar about slavery. I mean we are talking about the same guy who said anyone who wanted to be first had to first be a slave of all (Matthew 10 and Mark 20). But, Jesus didn’t come to start a political revolution. He came to start a revolution of the heart. That rankled people 2000 years ago, and still rankles today.

So, the Bible says Slaves should obey their masters. There is absolutely no denying that. It’s there. In black and white. But, the Bible also says that if a slave can gain his freedom that he should (1 Corinthians 7:21). That’s something that was apparently possible in the ancient world that wasn’t in American slavery. Ephesians 6:9 commands masters to not mistreat their slaves because the master and slave are equal in the eyes of God. Colossians 4:1 tells masters to provide their slaves with what is fair and right because they (the masters) have a Master in heaven. So, again, in the eyes of God master and slave are of equal value.

In the book of Philemon, Paul (you know the guy who is hated and reviled by liberals) writes to a slave owner named Philemon on behalf of a run away slave named Onesimus. Paul starts out by saying, “….although in Christ I could be bold and order you to do what you ought to do, yet I prefer to appeal to you on the basis of love….” What should Philemon do? Free Onesimus. Paul could have ordered Philemon as a Christian to fee Onesimus, but he understood Jesus was trying to start a revolution of the heart. So, he appeals to Philemon on the basis of love. Additionally, slavery was a significant part of the Roman economy. Christians were already being persecuted for simply being Christian. John is the only one of the original twelve apostles to die a natural death. Judas the betrayer killed himself, and the other 10 were all martyred for simply being Christians. Paul literally lost his head. How much harder would the Roman government have come down on them if they’d been running around encouraging slaves to revolt? History gives us a pretty good idea in what happened to the Anabaptists when they were blamed for the Peasant Revolt during the time of the Reformation.

So, Paul has to be slick and appeal to Philemon’s heart, and hope he was a sincere Christian. Paul tells Philemon he’s sending Onesimus back to him as much more than a slave – as a dear brother. Paul says Onesimus is dear to him, but even dearer to Philemon. Bravo Paul! With a few strokes of his pen, he made it impossible for Philemon to continue to keep Onesimus as a slave because how could anyone justifly keeping a beloved brother as a slave? So, what happened to Onesims? The Bible doesn’t tell us, but Tradition tells us that he went on to become Bishop of Ephesus, and was later martyred. Philemon went on to become a Bishop of Gaza, and also died a martyr along with Onesimus. Both men are venerated as saints in the Orthodox Church. See how knowing a little church history can be useful?

Additionally, in the book of Timothy Paul calls slave traders lawbreakers and rebels, ungodly and sinful, unholy and irreligious…. and whatever else is contrary to sound doctrine. 1 Timothy 1:9-10. Me thinks Paul didn’t like slave traders.

Finally, the Father’s condemned slavery as evil Gregory the Theologian, Basil of Caesaria tolerated as an established evil – evil being the key word. Eustathios of Sebasteiae encouraged slave revolts. Not sure what happened to him. According to the all-knowing Wikipedia St Ambrose said, “the highest kind of liberality is to redeem captives, to save them from the hands of their enemies.”

Freeing slaves became so common among early Christians that it became one of the things that early Christians were persecuted for. A popular Christian book of the 2nd and 3rd centuries said Christians should not attend heathen worship services, unless they were there to buy a slave and save a soul. IE Buy and set free.

St John Chrysostom said that Christ annulled slavery and told Christians to buy slaves, teach them a trade and set them free. But, that’s not in the Bible. Well, guess what? Even John said everything Jesus did and said wasn’t contained in his Gospel. That’s why knowing Tradition is important. During the time of Chrysostom Christians buying and freeing slaves was so common that people thought that was the whole purpose of Christianity.

On the flip side did any of the church Fathers or Tradition say anything in favor of the issue at the heart of the recent Supreme Court ruling? Nope. Quite the contrary. St John Chrysostom said it was a worse sin than murder because it destroys the soul – to just name one example and because I have his book of homilies.

I think I said in my last blog of almost a year ago – why I don’t blog more often. As was the case in that blog, I invite my Orthodox (with a capital O) friends to correct any theology errors I make in this post.

This past week the Supreme Court ruled in favor of a Christian baker who declined to make a custom wedding cake for a gay couple. I’m already on record that I think the Court did the right thing, and I happen to agree with the baker. But, even if I didn’t agree with him – the Court still did the right thing. Freedom of religion and expression are both in the Bill of Rights. Mr. Phillips (the baker) has a right to his religious beliefs, and a right not to be compelled to express something he thinks is wrong – whether I agree with him or not.

This whole thing brought back to my mind a post I did a few years ago called Deliver Us From Evil. In it, I observed that Lot was in his house minding his own business, and evil came pounding on his door demanding he become complicit. To my mind, Jack Phillips was in his place of business minding his own business. He was just a squirrel trying to get a nut – as a former co-worker used to say – when these two men came in and demanded Mr. Phillips make himself complicit in something he believes to be wrong. Mr. Phillips didn’t say, “I won’t sell you anything because you’re gay.” He didn’t say, “You can’t get gay-married.” He said, “I don’t want to be part of this.” But, evil is never content to be merely tolerated. Remember when the buzz-word in the gay rights movement was “tolerance?” Well, they don’t believe in it for other people.

I personally don’t give a ripe rodent’s rump about gay marriage. If two people want to hold a ceremony and say they’re married – that’s exactly no skin off my butt. As for conferring the legal benefits of marriage – that actually strikes me as fair. But, I don’t want any part of it. I’m a big girl and know not everyone shares my religious convictions, and that’s A-Okay with me. God can judge them. But, I happen to take my religious convictions seriously, and I don’t want any part of this. It is my understanding is that the position of the Orthodox Church that if you encourage or enable sin in anyway – then you are, yourself, guilty of that sin. When I joined the Orthodox Church I didn’t just buy the parts that make me feel warm and wooly, I bought the whole thing. Even the parts that make me a bit uncomfortable and squirmy.

So, very predictably liberals are having a melt-down about this decision – even liberal Christians. One person said Mr. Phillips showed a lack of imagination as a witness to Christ. Translation: I would have don’t it differently, and therefore that is the right way to do it. Well, I don’t judge Christians who would have done it differently. I don’t agree with them, but I don’t judge them. But, liberals – even liberal Christians are far less tolerant than orthodox Christians.

Today I saw this lovely meme popping up on some people’s walls.

This annoys me on several levels, and I’m always extremely tempted to ask them what they’ve done to help the refugees, immigrants, and poor people? Several years ago, a liberal pastor ranted on Facebook about how she wished churches would focus on those issues instead of the gay thing. At the time, I still lived in Virginia, and was on the Interfaith Committee to Address Homelessness. So, I told her, “Wow! I’ve never seen you or any representative of your church at the Interfaith Committee? I also notice your church is not on the list of city churches that host the thermal shelter. Remember when you point your finger, three are pointed back at you…”

That’s how I feel about people who post that meme – what have you done that you think you can sit in judgement? Also, a quick Google search shows that the majority of organizations that work with refugees – guess what? They’re Christian. World Vision, Samaritan’s Purse, MCC, IOCC – just to name a few. Where do those organizations get their money from? Christians. Actually, it seems that the vast majority of charities and hospitals in this country are religiously affiliated. Face it, if all the Christian organizations and charities decided to shut their doors – society would be screwed. But, Jesus said to do your good works in private. So, many Christians take this seriously, and don’t brag about their charitable giving.

Additionally, studies have shown that religious people are significantly more likely to give to charity. The article I liked to states: . “Someone with a religious affiliation was more than two times more generous than someone without a religious affiliation. And among those with a religious affiliation, religious intensity really matters

So, I don’t know Jack Phillips, and neither do you. But, I do know that statistically speaking he is twice as likely to use his financial resources to help “the least” than the self-righteous folks sharing that meme.

A friend of mine who really enjoyed my writing once asked me why I didn’t blog more often.  I said, “I don’t write unless I feel like I have something to say.”  Also, when I joined the Orthodox Church I stopped blogging because I felt like I needed time to become more fully Orthodox.  Well, today, I feel like I have something to say.  Everything in the following blog post is my opinion, and I hope at the very least not out of line with the teachings of the Orthodox Church.  However, if it is – I invite my Orthodox friends to correct me.

Several months ago, when Donald Trump took office, I declined to attend any of the women’s marches.  That was in part because the organizers  said people like me – pro-life feminists – weren’t welcome.  But, also because I found some of the groups who very loudly associated themselves with the marches to be religiously offensive.  Various pro-abortion groups, Planned Parenthood, people wandering around dressed up as vaginas… Even though the picture I posted of the two people carrying a banner saying, “If Mary had had an abortion we wouldn’t be in this mess,” turned out to be from a different march – the hard cold truth is that it was entirely believable that it could have been at the women’s march because of some of the loud mouths who associated themselves with it.

When I was first exploring Orthodoxy, I read works by and about some of the Church Fathers.  One of the people I read about was the unfortunately named Polycarp.  I consider Polycarp to be my unofficial patron saint.  The reason why is because one of the stories he told about John the Apostle was that when John was somewhere that a well-known heretic was – John split.  He didn’t even want to be seen in the same vicinity as that person lest anyone think he approved of the heretic.  Later when the same person walked up to Polycarp and asked if Polycarp recognized him, Polycarp said, “Yes, I recognize Satan’s first born.”  The reason Polycarp is my unofficial patron saint is because I pray that I always have the strength and spine to call evil for what it is.

Back to the women’s march – like the apostle John, as a Christian, I didn’t want to even be seen in the same vicinity as some of the above groups lest anyone think that I approved of them.  The enemy of my enemy is not automatically my friend.  Honestly, in the case of the women’s march – I consider some of those groups to be just as much my enemy as Trump.

Unless you live under a rock, you heard about a “Unite the Right” event that happened in Charlottesville, VA.  Most of my family, including my son, live in the Shenandoah Valley.  Charlottesville is a little close to “home” for me.   Personally, I think anyone who saw these names on this poster and has an IQ higher than their shoe size should have known this was going to turn into a big mess:   Read the rest of this entry »

I recently got a homework assignment of reading the Gospel of Mark, and then either coming up with a question or writing a synopsis for each chapter.  Sounds simple, right?  Well, I have a hard time reading the book of Mark because it, unfortunately, was the gospel that was used as part of Faith In The New Testament when I took it in college.  That class pretty much ruined the book of Mark for me.  I still have the sound of the professor making race car sounds as he zoomed around the classroom making fun of how frequently Mark used the word immediately – approximately 40 times, and that’s not counting the times he says, “right then.”  The class also made a big deal about the stories of Jesus raising the little girl from the dead and the woman with the issue of blood being so close together.  Yeah, whatever….

But, this time I got really distracted by two stories that happen a few chapters apart:

And again He entered Capernaum after some days, and it was heard that He was in the house.  Immediately many gathered together, so that there was no longer room to receive them, not even near the door. And He preached the word to them.  Then they came to Him, bringing a paralytic who was carried by four men.  And when they could not come near Him because of the crowd, they uncovered the roof where He was. So when they had broken through, they let down the bed on which the paralytic was lying. Mark 2: 1-4, NKJV

Now a certain woman had a flow of blood for twelve years,  and had suffered many things from many physicians. She had spent all that she had and was no better, but rather grew worse.  When she heard about Jesus, she came behind Him in the crowd and touched His garment.  For she said, “If only I may touch His clothes, I shall be made well.”

Immediately the fountain of her blood was dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of the affliction. Mark 5: 25-29

It occurred to me while I was reading Mark that these two folks are an excellent example of what I think Jesus was talking about when He said:

And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force.  Matthew 11: 12

These two folks:  the man who gets his friends to rip a big hole in somebody’s roof to lower him down to Jesus, and the woman with an issue of blood are an excellent example of the violent taking it (the kingdom of heaven) by force.

These two people were absolutely convinced that only Jesus could help them.  Only Jesus could save them, and that belief translated into action.  These two people were willing to go to any lengths to get to Him.

These two people didn’t worry about inconveniencing the people around them in their efforts to get to Jesus.  The woman with an issue of blood would have been ritually unclean.  Anybody she touched would have also become ritually unclean – including Jesus himself, and this woman knew that.  In a small town, anyone from her community would have known she was unclean.  They would have been seriously unhappy with her for getting into that throng .  Yet, she didn’t let it stop her. Paintings of this event don’t do it justice.   When Jesus said, “Who touched me?” The apostles were incredulous because more than likely – a lot of people were touching him at that moment.  They even asked, “You see the people crowding against you,” his disciples answered, “and yet you can ask, ‘Who touched me?’” Mark 5:31.  I’m picturing something just this side of a mash pit.  She might have had to throw an elbow or two to get close to Jesus.  The reason she had to reach out and touch the hem of his robe might have been because she got knocked down by the crowd.

The disabled man on the stretcher?  He got his friends to rip a hole in somebody’s room big enough to lower him and his stretcher through.  Even if he was only 5’5″ that hole was probably 6.5 feet to 7 feet long because they also lowered his stretcher and stretchers have handles for people to carry him.  They lowered him horizontally.  If you don’t think that was an inconvenience for the homeowner…. How would you like it if someone ripped a hole in your roof that was approximately 7 ft x 4 ft?  Apoplectic might not be a strong enough word for what I would be if it were my roof.  He would have needed a second healing for the broken nose I would have delivered.  Seriously, couldn’t these guys have written some kind of a note and gotten it passed to Jesus?  Ripping a giant hole in somebody’s roof seems a bit extreme, and what about all the other people who were there wanting something from Jesus?  Couldn’t this guy wait his turn?  But, no he jumped in front of all the other people and ripped a great big hole in some guy’s roof.

I can just hear the liberal Christians who have a need to prove to a world that hates us all anyway that they’re not like those other rude and inconsiderate Christians tut-tutting and clicking their tongues.  But,  Jesus is far from being angry with these two people.  He doesn’t chastise them for their lack of consideration for others.  No, if anything He seems kind of impressed.  Jesus tells the man that his sins are forgiven.  He calls the woman daughter.

But, that is the wonderful and frustrating thing about Jesus.  He never does what we expect.  The man, the God that some would like to turn into a fluffy hug bunny does not honor that image.  He said, “…and the violent will take it by force….” and here are two outstanding examples of Him honoring two people who took the Kingdom by force.

 

I’ve recently been reading a book where the author asserted:

The most terrible state is that of pridefulness, and the post terrible sin is pride.  To God, even murder is not so terrible as pride, because a man can commit murder in a fit of passion and then repent, while pride, if a person remains proud, bars repentance from the heart and destroys a person. – Daniel Sysoev; Catechtical Talks

Seriously?  Pride is worst than murder?  Ummmm…  I was ready to dismiss this guy as a crank, but for some reason his assertion has stuck with me.  I started digging through the Bible looking at every single place in the Bible where the word Pride appears.

According to biblegateway.com the word Pride appears 63 times in the NIV Bible.  I found once instance where pride wasn’t a negative thing:

Children’s children are a crown to the aged, and parents are the pride of their children. – Proverbs 17:6

That’s pretty much it.  As far as I saw the other 62 times the word pride appears it’s not a good thing.

But, the scripture that really grabbed my attention was:

If anyone thinks they are something when they are not, they deceive themselves.  Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else…  Galationas 6:3-4

The reason this really grabbed me is 1) I’ve read the New Testament more times than I can count, yet somehow this verse has gone right by me, 2) At one time I would have considered the book of Galatians to be one of my favorite books of the Bible.  I’ve taught on the book of Galatians, and this verse went right by me. 3) Anyone who knows me knows that one of my pet peeves is Christians basically kicking other Christians.  You know the ones who are all, “I’m so glad we’re not like those other denominations who…..” insert whatever you’re feeling prideful about here.  Catholics seem to be a favorite whipping boy as an example of what everyone is glad they’re not – followed by Baptists.  I’m not sure why.

Right off the bat people who do that remind me of this parable:

To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everyone else, Jesus told this parable:  “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’

 “But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’“I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” – Luke 18:9-14

Incidentally, this parable is an example of pride as a bad thing, yet the actual word pride never appears.  Our count on pride as a bad thing keeps going up.

Consider the fact that I have never known one single person who thought they were a bad person.  Folks, I worked in a prison for 10 years; most of that time in maximum security, and I have never known not one person who thought they were a bad person.  Name the most evil, horrible, depraved crime you can think of – I’ve known someone up close and personal who did it – and I’ve never known one single person who thought they were bad. Every single convict, mass murderer, rapist, child molester, armed robber – thought that they were *really* a good person, and they could tell you all about why either theirs was a special circumstance, the crime wasn’t really their fault, they just got in with the wrong crowd.  That or they were somehow a good person just by virtue of the fact that they weren’t as bad (in their own estimation) as that guy over there… usually (but not always) a child molester.

Maybe my friend at the beginning of this essay isn’t such a crank after all.

So, when you consider all of those things how is it that I never noticed that scripture before?

In 1 Timothy 1:15 Paul says: ” Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners–of whom I am the worst.”    I don’t think Paul meant that we’re supposed to accept that he was the worst of sinners.  I think he’s saying that each of us is to consider ourselves to be the worst of sinners.

It just boggles my brain to think that when we (because I’ve probably done it too) decide it’s cute to compare ourselves to other Christians that we’re committing the sin of spiritual pride, and if Daniel Sysoev is right that makes us worse than a murderer.   If that thought doesn’t humble us, nothing will.

 

 

 

 Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? 14 But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. ……  For it is better, if it is God’s will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil.  1 Peter 3:13 & 17

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Once upon a time a long long time ago there lived a man with the completely awesome name of Dirk Willems, and he was killed for doing what is right.  Mr. Willems is revered by Anabaptists and Quakers a like.  Mr. Willems was an Anabaptist.  This put him on the wrong side of the state sanctioned church, and he was arrested.  He later escaped.  A guard saw him, and chased him – right across a frozen pond.  The guard fell through the ice, and Dirk Willems went back and saved the man’s life.  As much as I would like to tell you about how this lead to the man having a change of heart and he converted – I can’t.  He thanked Dirk by arresting him, and Dirk was ultimately burned at the stake for the horrible crime of being an Anabaptist.

In this example, Mr. Willems was being chased by someone he knew wanted to kill him.  There was no, “Well, he might want to kill me….”  There wasn’t a maybe.  This dude wanted Dirk dead, and dirk knew it.  But, Dirk did the right thing and saved the man’s life, and doing what was right caused him to lose his life.

I have no faith in federal background investigations.  Most of the mass murder/shootings in this country were committed by people who had legally obtained firearms – either they bought the weapon themselves, or some other “responsible gun owner” did and allowed them to gain access to the gun.

This woman went through and passed a federal background investigation, and it turned out real well for all the rest of us:

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I think it’s possible – maybe even probable – that a terrorist could slip in with other refugees.  I even have a certain amount of fear about it.  I think President Obama and many others are all wet when they say we have nothing to fear with the refugees.

But, Jesus gives pretty strong instructions about caring for the least.  He said that whoever seeks to save his life would lose it.  The Bible  says one of the marks of a true Christian is extending hospitality to strangers – and some have unwittingly entertained angels by doing that.  It is better to suffer for doing good instead of evil.  While I freely admit a certain amount of fear, I also believe denying help to refugees because one might be a terrorist is evil.

And no Mr. Brat, you do not own the Biblical tradition.  At risk of sounding judgemental – you don’t even own a little teeny corner of it.  You are just a brat, and your Bible probably has six inches of dust on it.