By: Shawn laVie
Would you place love into a box and
label it, like you would on moving day?
The answer is most likely, No. But if
we look deeper into one of the most
important issues of the last decade, we
can see we are doing just that.
We are placing limits on the love and
kindness that Jesus so clearly asks of
us. Both limitations and labels are being
placed on the love of our neighbours.
Sadly, this has become somewhat
socially acceptable and gives way to
tremendous pressure (and temptation)
on our youth today. i would like to
challenge youth to rise up in the name
of Jesus christ, as children of Jesus
christ, fiercely prepared as soldiers to
fight this temptation, standing fearlessly
and equipping others to do the same.
mary and Joseph sought refuge in
order to give birth to christ, and they
were denied a room everywhere they
turned. Jesus’ mission on earth was to
give us a way of salvation. Those who
were approached by mary and Joseph
couldn’t even give Jesus a comfortable
place to be born. God gave us his only
Son as an act of extreme love. his Son
was denied refuge, and this was an act
opposite to love. as christians, let us
not follow these footsteps but let us
allow ourselves to open our borders
with loving hands.
it is not up to us to decide who deserves
help – or when. We need to stop tripping over our own egos and our fears
that have no merit in the decision to
keep Syrian refugees out of this country. Denying anyone who needs help is
doing the opposite of what Jesus has
asked of us.
“The second is this: love your neighbour
as yourself. There is no commandment
greater than these” (mark 12: 31).
compelling arguments for the stance to
turn a blind eye are sometimes made.
a main argument we hear is that by
allowing in Syrians here, we are ignoring our own homeless in canada. The
beating drum of this thought process is
Take care of our own first.
yourself. There is
greater than these
in the New Testament and the words of
Jesus christ, nowhere is there any message to take care of ourselves first and
close off our homes to only those we
care about at home. in fact, this is the
complete opposite of biblical teaching.
The goal for youth today is to not buy
into this view. Do not entertain it. hold
tight to Scripture, because those who
disagree with us (and our christian
values) disagree wholeheartedly and
can feel just as passionately about what
they believe in.
Sometimes when we hear an opposing argument we can feel tremendous
anger and disgust. This leads us to
one of many temptations, which we
need to battle. We need to remember
just because others may judge others
based on education, skin tone or what
country they were born in, we don’t get
to judge them.
They are also created by God and
deserve to be treated as such – it does
not mean we have to agree, but we can
The Easter season is upon us, and for
christians, this is the season for new
beginnings. as soon as christ rose from
the dead, he finalized his work, and a
new beginning for all of mankind was
set in motion. any time we realize that
we are brand new people in christ, we
can think of our temptation, and how we
may conquer it – through Jesus.
i hope the youth of this country accept
this challenge: the challenge to fight the
temptations to be angry with those who
are disagreeing with you. instead, stand
beside those who need our help and
give a voice to the voiceless.
ThE SYriaN rEFuGEE criSiS – a challENGE
Who is Shawn LaVie?
1) he is attending Tyndale university
college and Seminary to obtain an
mDiv with a major in clinical counseling.
2) he has a beautiful wife (Jennifer)
and daughter (Victoria). Family is very
important to him.
3) he’s interested in helping others
spiritually and emotionally. if anyone
may need someone to talk to, he’s
here to serve: shawnlavie@gmail.
com. You can also check his instagram @lavie68
4) he doesn’t like drawing lines in the
sand or picking and choosing who
5) he loves expressing his faith
through writing and music.