Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says Jesus was a refugee: is she right?

This meme provides a good quick response to the challenge
This meme provides a good quick response to the challenge

I keep hearing that Jesus was a refugee from people on the left like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. In fact, things have gotten so bad, that even my Southern Baptist pastor told us the same thing in a recent Wednesday night Bible study! I think we better take a look at this, in case anyone else needs a response.

Fox News reports on the tweet:

U.S. Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y. wished her Twitter followers a Merry Christmas Tuesday by referring to the newborn Jesus as a “refugee.”

“Joy to the World!” Ocasio-Cortez wrote. “Merry Christmas everyone – here’s to a holiday filled with happiness, family, and love for all people. (Including refugee babies in mangers + their parents.)”

And here is the response, in the same article:

Mary and Joseph are not depicted as refugees in the Nativity story. According to the Gospel of Luke, Joseph brings the pregnant Mary to Bethlehem so that he may enroll in a census ordered by the Roman emperor Agustus. The couple are forced to take shelter in the stable where Jesus is born due to a lack of room at the inn.

However, in the Gospel of Matthew, Mary and Joseph flee into Egypt with the infant Jesus after King Herod of Judea orders the murder of every boy aged two and under in Bethlehem after the Magi ask him where to find the newborn “King of the Jews.” The Holy Family escape the slaughter and are told by an angel to return to Israel once Herod is dead.

The second part seems to be more like a refugee situation, until you remember that both Judea and Egypt were different states of the same Roman Empire. The strict definition of a refugee from the United Nations, recognizes persons as refugees:

“who are outside their country of nationality or habitual residence and unable to return there owing to serious and indiscriminate threats to life, physical integrity or freedom resulting from generalized violence or events seriously disturbing public order.”

Did Joseph and Mary cross national boundaries by moving from one Roman-ruled province to another? Did they cross national boundaries illegally? Did they intend to remain permanently? The answers to those questions are NO, NO and NO. So they were not refugees according to the standard meaning of the word.

People try to make the Jesus-birth narrative into an immigration situation because they want Jews and Christians to support open borders. The problem is that the Bible has a lot to say about immigration, and it doesn’t support the left’s open borders agenda.

I always find it funny when atheists on the political left want to misuse the Bible to try to get political support from Jews and Christians. It makes me wonder whether the secular leftists take the Bible seriously as an auhtority on any other issue.

Is Ocasio-Cortez willing to take Jesus seriously on marriage being defined as a commitment between one woman and one man? How about Jesus’ rejection of no-fault divorce? How about Jesus’ view of the exclusivity of salvation? I think you know where what the secular leftists would say about Jesus as an authority on those issues. Most secular leftists don’t take Jesus seriously on any issue. Many don’t even think he existed as a historical figure. But that doesn’t stop secular leftists from trying to win over religious Jews and Christians by appealing to their emotions.

What concerns me about this promotion of illegal immigration and refugees, though, is that people forget who pays the bills for all of this compassion. Ocasio-Cortez isn’t tell you what she’s going to do with HER OWN money when she promotes illegal immigration and refugees. She’s telling you what she’s going to do with YOUR money. And she’s telling you that so that you will think that she’s a very generous, compassionate person. The truth is that her supporters who click retweet and like on her stuff do that in order to communicate that they are also good and generous people.

Everyone is doing what feels good, and what makes them look good to others, but are they willing to pay for it? If Democrats had to PAY FOR the things they claim to want, then would they be in favor of those things? You need only look at the French leftists who voted for Emmanuel Macron to stop global warming, and then they rioted when he passed a gas tax that would stop global warming. Leftists shouldn’t be seen as rational people. They vote in order to feel good and look good to others. When they get what they voted for, they riot in order to get out of it. The same people who elected Ocasio-Cortez will riot against her policies once they realize that they are the ones who have to pay for what they voted for.

17 thoughts on “Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says Jesus was a refugee: is she right?”

  1. WK,
    I agree with your posting, except for the LAST SENTENCE!!!!!!!
    The mentality that elected her, does not have the intelligence to realize what she brought about!!!!!

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    1. The areas that she received most of the votes were the Bronx and Queens. She did that by waving carrots of free stuff to a bunch of people that can’t hardly afford anything. Coming from N.J. myself, she knew what would get her the votes, the problem is, the voters did not count the cost of her election.


  2. I sure hope you corrected your Southern Baptist pastor, WK!

    What is ironic is that most on the Left would have set up a “border” in the womb and had Jesus aborted, especially given Mary’s situation.

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      1. Excellent – good job, WK!

        I hope he repented for being ill-informed too!

        Is he SBC, or just a Baptist who happens to be in the South?


          1. If you haven’t already, do let him know that, when it counted, and when the nation was divided, the SBC was wrong on both slavery and abortion.

            They have, thankfully, repented on both.

            But, perhaps their real-time discernment is not that good, and they really need to STUDY a human rights issue before opening their mouths.


  3. Roman society didn’t have our concept of citizenship as we see it.

    It is why Paul could appear to see the Roman emperor as one with Roman citizenship.

    Jesus was a member of a conquered nation. So if you want to get closer to his status it would be more like saying he was a first Nations person and the country over them denied full citizenship and rights to them.

    Though I guess since Ms y of them are in denial of the reality that Israel ever occupied Judea they can spread their illegal immigrant myth

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  4. How many times now have we heard the “Jesus card” being played by politicians? I’m surprised the WWJD slogan does not make a come back with these folks. It is nothing but a political ploy to spread guilt. Funny, if we tell them that it was our sin that nailed Him to a cross, they would get all weirded out. “C’mon, that is so offensive.”

    I like how you said it, “But that doesn’t stop secular leftists from trying to win over religious Jews and Christians by appealing to their emotions.”

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  5. If I remember right, according to Mosiac law, God had some pretty brutal punishments for those who messed with the borders of another mans property. I’m in my truck right now, so I will take a look later, but I recall something about not moving a marking stone. Also, God recognized the citizens of Israel and “aliens” who were amongst them.

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  6. Jesus wasn’t a refugee. And even if He were, I don’t ever recall reading about Him groping women on the streets or defecating in public pools.

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  7. Also as the point in the image at the top points out they were moving from one province to the other.

    So I guess if someone is under threat by a state Governor in the US, for example, and they move to another state outside of that rule of influence till that Governor is no longer in power. If people with a country or empire can be called refugees the they were fleeing a small personal attack.

    My bigger issue is it makes light of all the doctrinal implications regarding the promise of the messiah and the desire for a ruler to try and hold his power through trying to kill Jesus before he had a chance to fulfill his purpose


  8. How you gonna be a refugee on a planet your father created. Thinking jesus was a refugee is very illogical. If you believe God created everything.


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