One Christian leader maintains that compassion does not mean allowing thousands of Syrian refugees into the country.
Dr. Richard Land, president of the Southern Evangelical Seminary and executive editor for The Christian Post, in a recent editorial entitled "Syrian Refugees: Compassion vs. Protection" addresses the question many Christians are asking: How do I balance my faith with what God commands while keeping our country safe?
"It's sad to see the plight of these refugees, particularly the children," Dr. Land asserts. "But we have to look at the plight of American children as well, and our government has a sworn duty to protect our own citizens."
He goes on to argue that it is immoral for the government to foist these people on the American populace.
"If I want to risk my own life by ministering to these people, that's my decision. But I don't have the right to risk your life without your permission," the seminary president poses. "We bring people in who haven't been vetted; we're exposing our neighbors and our neighbors' children to danger, and I don't think we have a right to do that. I think it's immoral."
And Dr. Land has a better solution for the Syrian refugees.
"We can show compassion by creating a safety zone in Syria guaranteed by American military power, and we can help feed and clothe them until their terrible civil war is over," he suggests.
Accomplishing that, he adds, will probably require the defeat of ISIS.