“This Christmas season we would like to remind everyone that Jesus was a Middle Eastern refugee.”
Crazy Lady from Kansas
As you can see, some crazy lady in Kansas penned those words and a bunch of crazy followers decided to believe her and make that their viral slogan for the holiday season…but the truth is…
Don’t matter how you spell it, she’s WRONG!!!
If we adhere to the definition of what a refugee is: “a person who has been forced to leave their country in order to escape war, persecution, or natural disaster,” then by that definition alone Jesus was never a refugee.
Jesus was never forced to leave his home to ESCAPE persecution or war; matter of fact, Jesus volunteered to enter the war by choosing to leave his post in Heaven and became the very thing He created: a human.
He did this to be obedient to His Father in Heaven by enduring the very persecution, hate, war, strife, pain, misery, disbelief, hardship, loneliness, grief and death this world had to offer.
And just so we’re clear…Jesus faced all of that head on and overcame it!
He defeated it.
He was victorious.
So, if Jesus was never a refugee, what was He?
He was a soldier. (defined: a person who serves in an army)
A warrior. (defined: a brave or experienced soldier or fighter)
A hero. (a person who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities)
A servant. (a person who performs duties for others, especially a person employed in a house on domestic duties or as a personal attendant)
A leader. (the person who leads or commands a group, organization, or country)
A friend. (a person whom one knows and with whom one has a bond of mutual affection, typically exclusive of sexual or family relations)
But he was never a refugee!
So, when some pathetic person tells you that Jesus was a refugee, don’t believe them. Instead, correct them. And that goes for the crazy lady from Kansas or any person who preaches it from the pulpit.