"Jesus was a refugee, and that’s a very good reminder to all of us,” Eskinder Negash, director of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), said at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) 2014 Migration Conference in Washington, D.C.Didn’t you know that? Jesus was a refugee, just like all the kids being sent north to the US by their Central and South American parents.
Yes, I’m shaking my head.
The only possible reference to Jesus perhaps being considered a refugee could maybe be found if you fiddled a bit with the story found in Matthew 2:
Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Rise, 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.” And he rose and took the child and his mother by night and departed to Egypt and remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet, “Out of Egypt I called my son.” (verses 13-15)Let’s see; how does this jibe with what’s happening on our southern border?
Well, Jesus wasn’t an unaccompanied minor – Mary and Joseph carried Him into Egypt.
Though the Bible doesn’t say, I can’t imagine He was sick with tuberculosis or scabies or any of the other diseases a lot of the kids trying to get across our border are displaying.
They didn’t stay permanently – once Herod was dead, the angel told them to go back home (verses 19-21).
Jesus didn’t live ‘in the shadows’ – He was in the Temple pretty much every day He was in Jerusalem; He was bold and outspoken; the only times He ran were when His life was directly threatened and His death would have been not-in-God’s-timing.
But most important – and, simultaneously most damaging to Mr. Negash – Jesus was born in Bethlehem, to parents who were residents of Nazareth: both cities in the nation of Israel. He was a citizen, born to citizen parents.
Other than that, it’s a perfect comparison.