The Lord expects us to love our neighbor.
“Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself” (Matthew 22:39).
But He also commanded us to be wise:
“Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves” (Matthew 10:16).
Does the Lord expect us to embrace the wolves, or turn a blind eye to them as if they don’t pose an existential threat to us? Moreover, does He expect us to invite the wolves in? I don’t think so.
“And now I say unto you that the good shepherd doth call after you; and if you will hearken unto his voice he will bring you into his fold, and ye are his sheep; and he commandeth you that ye suffer no ravenous wolf to enter among you, that ye may not be destroyed” (Alma 5:60).
I realize that the context of this scripture refers to the flock of the Church. But there is a valid principle here. I don’t think I wrest the scriptures when I insist that, as a nation, we have a responsibility to one another that we “suffer no ravenous wolf to enter among [us], that [we] may not be destroyed.”
There are certainly sheep who seek refuge among us. But there are also certainly ravenous wolves in sheep’s clothing who will use the mass importation of refugees as cover, and whose purpose in coming here is to shed the blood of our neighbors, perhaps our own friends, our own family, our own children. They have said, over and over again, that it is their intention, their calling, to do this.
I don’t trust the current administration to suffer that no ravenous wolves enter in among us. Their promises with regard to vetting the incoming refugees are as empty as the promises with which they sold the Affordable Care Act to the American people. And the fiasco which attended the roll-out of the Obamacare website proved how utterly incompetent these people are.
Incompetence in the roll-out of the Obamacare website didn’t cost any American lives. But incompetence in identifying wolves in sheep’s clothing most certainly will, sooner or later, cost American lives. But by then it will be too late for those of our neighbors who, we piously said, we loved.
“But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep” (John 10:12).
Are we hirelings? Or are we good shepherds? If we turn a blind eye to the reality of our times, if we suspend all good judgment and common sense and foolishly allow the wolves in sheep’s clothing to slip in among us, even under the cover of a worthy humanitarian endeavor, will we be able one day to look the Lord in the eye and tell him that we loved his sheep? How can we say that we loved our neighbor whose blood was shed because we foolishly suffered wolves to come in among us?
It seems to me that a determined failure to see the wolves coming, to identify them and turn them away, will be evidence that we are neither wise nor are we good shepherds.