In one of its more famous passages, the Bible warns “the love of money is the root of all evil. While coveting after money, some have strayed from the faith and pierced themselves through with many sorrows” (1 Timothy 6:10). There’s nothing wrong with money itself, but the love of money is a serious problem. Well, as it turns out, several Christian charities are ignoring this biblical warning.
In 2015 alone the federal government spent over $1 billion to resettle refugees. According to Breitbart, “Much of this $1 billion in annual revenue goes to voluntary agencies (VOLAGs), several of which are Christian non-profits, such as Catholic Charities, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, World Relief Corporation, Church World Service, and Domestic and Foreign Missionary Service of the Episcopal Church of the USA. (also referred to as Episcopal Migration Ministries).” On the surface, there’s something sleazy about making money off of refugees. In some respects, it’s not that different from human trafficking or the slave trade. Yet, the real issue with all of this is that a good portion of these refugees are Muslim.
The United States admitted a record number of Muslim refugees in 2016, according to the Pew Research Center. Naturally, not all of these alleged refugees have been playing nice with others. In a previous blog, it was observed that “a Muslim, Somali ‘refugee’ named Dahir Adan attacked nine people with a knife at a mall in Minnesota. Apparently, the United States is letting in refugees not only from war-torn Syria, but also from Somalia. Incidentally, according to reports, “Only one in every five migrants claiming asylum in Europe is from Syria.” Go figure. Amusingly, these figures raise the question: if Islam is wonderful and Muslim countries are such great places, why do so many Muslims keep leaving? It seems quite obvious that most so-called Muslim ‘refugees’ are actually migrants seeking to take advantage of the West’s pathetic immigration laws, generous welfare and crippling political correctness to live well at our expense and hijack weak, secularized cultures for ‘Allah.’”
To summarize, Breitbart pointed out that these supposedly Christian organizations can be considered “agents of the federal government whose new mission is to import terrorism to the United States under the false flag of Christian compassion.” After all, these Christian charities profiting from Muslim refugee resettlement aren’t being altruistic. They’re being greedy. How could I make such a statement? Well, just listen to Vidhya Manivannan, formerly of Church World Services, who said that if Trump chose “to cut the state funds or federal funds for refugees, refugee resettlement will collapse and we won’t be able to bring in any refugees to this country.” That’s right, these ‘Christian’ charities are only bringing in Muslim refugees because it makes them a lot of money. They don’t care about the refugees and they certainly don’t care about the people these refugees might harm.
So, with all of the protests over Trump’s policy of halting refugee resettlement, ignore the moral grandstanding. Instead, follow the money. Refugee resettlement is big business and Trump wants to shut it down. It’s as simple as that. Any pastor or Christian leader who says otherwise is either naïve or complicit. If it’s the latter, they should remind themselves of Christ’s warning: “No one can serve two masters. For either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will hold to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money” (Matthew 6:24). Which will it be?