This morning, apparently referencing the controversy over refugees, Franklin Graham (son of Billy Graham) tweeted the following:
“Why do you lock your doors at night? Not because you hate the people on the outside, but because you love the people on the inside so much.” — Franklin Graham. Twitter Post. February 9, 2017, 7:16 a.m.
On the surface, this is an admirable sentiment, but in the context of the current controversy, there are so many things wrong with this biblically and theologically that I didn’t know where to begin. So I decided just to go with the flow of the metaphor: I also lock my doors at night not because I hate the people on the outside, but because I love the people on the inside so much. Nonetheless, if my neighbor comes to my door fleeing a murderous religious fanatic, I unlock the door and let them in. Furthermore, according to Jesus, anyone in need is my neighbor.