…is very upseting. Mary and Joseph went to be counted correct? They were not fleeing due to oppression, guerrillas or war lords right?
How does this commercial run being factually so wrong.
I come here not to be political, but to have you all who are way more schollarly than I tell me I am not losing my mind. That christianity has not been co-opted by refugee activism. Am I wrong? Was Jesus a refugee, or is the commercial making it up.
Not quite. They went to Bethlehem to be counted. However, after the birth, an angel came to Joseph and told him to flee because Herod wanted to kill the King of the Jews. They became refugees upon their flight to Egypt.
a person who has been forced to leave their country in order to escape war, persecution, or natural disaster.
“tens of thousands of refugees fled their homes”
Jesus’ family went to Jerusalem every year to cslebrate the Paasover. The magi arrived in Jerusalem two years after Jesus birth. The celestial signs of the king’s birth had happened two years before, which is why Herod ordered to kill all those two years and younger.
The Magi gave Jesus gold which allowed them to support themselves in Egypt. I don’t know what the legal requirements of Egypt were in the first century for foreigners crossing borders to live in their land, but there is no indication that Joseph illegally entered Egypt, sneaking over the border without notifying the Egyptian state bureaucracy.
I suppose by the definition Jesus was a refugee threatened with death. But he does not appear to have been an illegal refugee. And many of the present “illegals” do not appear to be fleeing death threats. They are risking death by cartel to leave a country where their life is not being threatened, motivated by promises of latching onto the financial prosperity teat of another country others have built, instead of working to make their own communities prosperous at home.