By Allan Wall, December 21, 2020
Christmas is a wonderful time of the year, but certain activists have hijacked the story of Christ’s birth to promote their “open borders agenda.”
The goal is to guilt trip Christians into feeling bad about securing the border.
Consider examples from the past decade:
- In 2011, the National Catholic Reporter published a very unsubtle article entitled, What if the immigrants we reject are Jesus, Mary and Joseph?
- On Christmas Day 2018, after her election and before taking office, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted this: “Joy to the World! Merry Christmas everyone – here’s to a holiday filled with happiness, family, and love for all people. (Including refugee babies in mangers + their parents.)” This was followed by a counter-tweet from Charlie Kirk, the conservative pundit. As recently as December of 2020, this topic was still being discussed in the Relevant magazine website’s article So, Were Mary And Joseph Actually Refugees?
- In a December 2018 congressional hearing, Illinois Congressman Luis Gutierrez, nearing retirement, spoke of Christmas being “a time in which we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ — a Jesus Christ who had to flee for his life with Mary and Joseph. Thank God there wasn’t a wall that stopped him from seeking refuge in Egypt. Thank God that wall wasn’t there. And thank God there wasn’t an administration like this or he would … have perished … when Herod ordered the murder of every child under two years of age.”
- In December of 2019, Pope Francis declared that, “Populism is gaining strength. In other parts there are walls that even separate children from parents. Herod comes to mind. Yet for drugs, there’s no wall to keep them out.”
The Vatican, by the way, has a wall and armed guards.
- In 2019, San Antonio preacher/writer Max Lucado, the so-called “America’s Pastor,” published a short story entitled “Christmas Immigrants.” The plot? A Central American illegal alien couple is traveling through Mexico, and Maria gives birth to a son in barn. The story ends as they approach the U.S. border.
In 2016, Lucado saw fit to break his policy of being non-political to come out as a Trump-basher. Lucado’s posture was cleverly dealt with by James Patrick Riley’s Donald Trump and the Pharisees.
Even Nativity Scenes aren’t safe.
- In 2018, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the Fellowship Congregational Church set up a nativity scene with, according to the New York Times, “a chain-link fence surrounding Mary, Joseph, and the baby Jesus.” Additionally, the slogan, “The holy family was a migrant family” was posted on the church’s marquee.
- In 2019, Claremont United Methodist Church, in Claremont, California, set up three chain-link cages, one for Baby Jesus in the manger, another for Mary, another for Joseph (pictured at the right). “This is no typical Nativity scene,” commented the New York Times. No, Gray Lady, it wasn’t a typical nativity scene. It was a virtue-signaling publicity stunt.
Be on guard against similar stunts this Christmas season.
Their arguments are bogus.
The historical parallels are questionable. The Roman Empire at the time of Christ’s birth was a multi-cultural empire allowing freedom of movement throughout its territory. When Joseph and Mary traveled from Nazareth to Bethlehem it was to participate in the census. When they fled with the Christ Child to Egypt, they were fleeing to another part of the Empire. After Herod’s death they returned to Israel.
Regarding the contemporary refugee/asylee situation, go to Ann Corcoran’s Refugee Resettlement Watch and learn what’s really going on.
If you want to help poor folks in other countries, the best way is to help them in their own countries. Your dollars actually go further when you do that!
The role of the church is to share the gospel and help the poor. The role of the state is to protect the citizens of its country. These roles are different but not contradictory.
Don’t let the open borders boosters make you feel guilty for supporting a sane immigration policy.
And, may all US Incorporated readers enjoy a MERRY CHRISTMAS!
Listen to Allan’s recent interview with Silvio Canto, Jr.