I Stand With The Refugees…Because I Am A Mom and A Christian

Shaylee Woodard

I’m finding it difficult to write these days and to focus on much of anything. The direction our country is taking is leaving me quite heartbroken. I make it a point not to discuss politics on this blog for a number of reasons and I don’t plan to start, however I’d be lying if I said that the recent events of this immigration ban, or let’s call it what it really is, Muslim ban leaves me feeling quite ashamed.

As a mother, my heart aches for other mommas who are fleeing to save their children, trying to simply give them an opportunity not just a chance at the American Dream, but to live. Can you imagine that? Can you look at children and imagine them in a refugee camp? Can you imagine your them seeing haunting carnage of neighbors, friends, or loved ones that will forever be etched in their minds? I can’t and I pray that none of you will ever have to be in a situation where you have to flee your country. I don’t care what religion, race, or country you are from as a mom we all know what it means to a love our children so intensely that we would die for them, that we would risk everything to keep them safe.  Now imagine if you were fleeing and you finally after an intense vetting system were cleared to come to a safe place a new home. Imagine the joy and relief you would feel than suddenly, poof it is taken away. Think about telling your children that you won’t be leaving after all…I can’t fathom that can you? But, that’s what women… moms like you and I are facing and we need to unite as moms and as people of faith.

As a Christian I’m outraged. Outraged to tears and anger. This is the time that we need to be a beacon of light that shines in the darkness. More than ever we need to walk this path of resistance in unity, hand in hand, heart to heart and scream at the top of our lungs that all our brothers and sisters matter, not just the Christian ones. Will we allow this false sense of fear to stop us from aiding the most vulnerable population that is crying out to us? Or we will we honor our values, God’s word, and Jesus’ example? Are we not called to help the widows, the orphans and the poor? This goes beyond politics, terrorism, or religion this is about our heart, our faith and our character. How can we profess to follow Jesus if we shun our fellow brother or sister?

This is a time to not just walk the walk, but talk the talk. Let’s urge our congregations, our faith leaders and everyone to stand up for refugees who are being unfairly treated. I teach my daughter to love all people. I teach her that we are created in God’s image. I teach her that Jesus did not discriminate, that he came to be a savior to all people. I teach her to honor and respect human beings and this ban goes against everything I have taught her and if I don’t act then I’m part of the problem.

Our children are watching and now is the time to act, to show them we aren’t just saying we are a Christian in word, but in deed. Now is the time to teach them to use their voice for those whose voices are being oppressed. Now is the time to teach our children that we have a responsibility as Christians and as human beings to care for one another and embrace and respect one another for our differences and not to be afraid of them but for those differences to draw us together in love and unity.  This is an opportunity to teach our children about what matters most in this world…love.

If you want to help I encourage you to get organized, look for organizations in your local community to support, and have your voice heard by calling your legislators in the House and Senate. Together we can make a difference. Don’t take my word for it, research, educate yourself, read the scriptures and then decide what you believe is right. Most of all think about what would Jesus do?Below are some links that good resources to get started. Most of all we need to pray for our leaders, our country and our world to use compassion, kindness and wisdom,

International Rescue Committee

American Civil Liberties Union

United States House of Representatives

US Senate

The UN Refugee Agency