Put the Refugee Jesus Back into Christmas

In our current political climate, where strangers of all kinds–immigrants as well as refugees fleeing oppression–are being used as pawns to stoke up fear, the Christmas story seems particularly relevant.  That is, of course, if you read the whole thing.  As the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove remind us in the blog post below, Jesus was also a refugee, fleeing political violence.  

13 Now after they had left, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Get up, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you; for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him.”…16 When Herod saw that he had been tricked by the wise men,[i] he was infuriated, and he sent and killed all the children in and around Bethlehem who were two years old or under, according to the time that he had learned from the wise men.

— Matthew 2:13, 16 NRSV

The article focuses primarily on the writers’ home state of North Carolina, but North Carolina hardly stands alone in its opposition to refugees.  It is easy to hear to the Christmas story without really listening, just because we have heard it so often.  But listen carefully this year, because it is speaking directly to us. 

Read the article on Patheos.com here

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