After 48 hours, Samaritan’s Purse responded to my email. If the response was supposed to change my opinion, stated earlier in On Failing to Love Our Neighbor, it was unsuccessful. But I’ll allow you to judge for yourself:
On behalf of Franklin Graham, thank you for emailing Samaritan’s Purse to express your concerns.
As requested, I have discontinued your automatic monthly donation, effective immediately.
Mr. Graham’s comments via various media outlets reflect his personal views. In speaking of the Bible’s role in the contemporary discussion of current immigration policy, Mr. Graham statement that “It is not a Bible issue” referred to the fact that Scripture does not offer a blueprint for determining national policy such as open or closed borders. He did not mean that biblical commands or principles such as mercy and justice do not inform our discussions of public policy or the way we live our lives as individual Christians, but that they must be carefully interpreted and applied as we seek to “do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God”(Micah 6:8).
Earlier this week, Mr. Graham clarified his views by the following post on Facebook (NOTE: I looked for this post on Facebook and I couldn’t actually find it):
Some people seem to have forgotten that the priority of the president of the United States is protecting the Constitution and the safety of Americans. That’s exactly what President Trump is trying to do. Taking action to secure our borders had to start somewhere. Is it perfect? Maybe not, but it is a first step. As they work on solutions during this 90-day travel ban, unfortunately there are some innocent families caught in this time of transition. I think that a thorough vetting process really needs to apply to people coming into the U.S. from all countries—not just 7.
But we have to realize that the president’s job is not the same as the job of the church. As Christians we are clearly taught in the Bible to care for the poor and oppressed. At Samaritan’s Purse we have been working in the Middle East for over 30 years. We’ve provided things like food, heaters, blankets, coats, shelter plastic, and more for tens of thousands of refugees there and in other places around the world. We just opened a 55-bed field trauma hospital in northern Iraq where we’re treating Muslims who are being wounded by other Muslims in the fight over Mosul. As Christians we are commanded to help all, regardless of religious background or ethnicity, like the Good Samaritan Jesus shared about in the Bible. Our job is to show God’s love and compassion. I believe the best way to help is to reach out and help these people in their own countries. I support the establishment of safe zones inside Syria and Iraq that would be protected by the international community until a political solution is found. We need to pray for political solutions that would bring peace and allow them to return to their homes as they desire.
Please be assured that the ministry of Samaritan’s Purse remains focused on providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world—victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease, and famine, with the purpose of sharing God’s love through His Son, Jesus Christ. May God bless you.