No, Baby Jesus was neither homeless nor a refugee

As amusingly pathetic as it always is for leftists to claim Jesus is on their side (as if they would know), one of their silliest ideas is that Baby Jesus and his family were homeless, or now that they are the same thing as Syrian refugees.  As usual, they’re simply demonstrating their profound ignorance, but in the interest of helping to debunk this nonsense I will respond to it nonetheless.

First of all, Jesus and his parents were NOT homeless.  Joseph was a carpenter in business in the city of Nazareth.  He wasn’t wealthy by any stretch of the imagination but he had a home for himself and his family.  The reason Jesus had to be born in a stable in Bethlehem was because of the government, because of bureaucratic indifference and taxes.  Israel was part of the Roman Empire at the time of Jesus’ birth and Caesar Augustus declared everyone was going to be taxed, and in order to get everyone registered everyone was ordered to head for the city their family originated from to sign up, ostensibly to keep the records as straight as the technology and filing practices of the time would allow.  Town clerks and easily-transmittable birth certificates and periodic census counts weren’t a thing.  The Roman Empire didn’t really care that Mary was nine months along and due to give birth any moment, she and Joseph both had to get their behinds over to Bethlehem where their families were from (since they were both descended from King David) and they’d better be quick about it.  So of course when they arrived the town was packed out like a tourist trap on a holiday weekend and there was no place for them to put extremely pregnant Mary up.  Reservations weren’t a thing then either.  Chances are pretty good that there were more than a few folks who camped out with the shepherds and some marginally kinder innkeeper took pity on the pregnant girl when he suggested the nominal shelter of his stable over finding a leeward rock.

Second, Jesus and his parents were NOT comparable to Syrian refugees.  For the whole incident with going to Bethlehem, they were in their own damn country for pity’s sake.  One of them might have been a man of fighting age (like most of the Syrian “refugees”) but the other started off as one very pregnant young girl and ended up being a formerly pregnant girl and a newborn infant.  And the odds are there were plenty of others who could take care of themselves who were turned away and not even offered the safety and shelter of the stable.  Of course, following Jesus’ birth, King Herod (the local puppet ruler) got wind that there was a potential threat to his rule and like any absolutist ruler he decided he was going to squash this before it spread, ordering the death of all the male children under two years old in the Bethlehem area.  Joseph, Mary, and Jesus skedaddled to Egypt for safety, which is where the refugee people go “a-ha!”  They’re still wrong.  Not only was Egypt ALSO part of the Roman Empire at this point in history, but Joseph and his family had means to pay their way and sustain themselves–the gifts of the Magi.  The gold and incense made them temporarily rich and enabled them to make the trip and stay afloat.  In other words, they may have been political refugees, but they were definitely not economic refugees, and they were doing the equivalent of fleeing New York City and hiding out in New Hampshire.

The real story is Jesus was born in the stable because of taxes and overintrusive government, and ran to Egypt because that same government was coming for him and his family, but because of the gifts given to him by rich old guys he and his family were able to escape.  Once again, all the left does when it tries to take over the Christmas story that they hate so much is to make themselves look even more ignorant than usual.


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