Never a Refugee

“This Christmas season we would like to remind everyone that Jesus was a Middle Eastern refugee.”

– Signed,

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…

She’s wrong!






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.

He won.  

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.




8 thoughts on “Never a Refugee

  1. Something that I saw was similar to what the crazy Kansas lady was saying but it said that his mother was the refugee. Would you accept this revision as (more) correct? Either way, I understand and appreciate the point being made.

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    • Thank you for the comment and you pose a good question, however, and even though I do understand what is being conveyed by the message, the truth is, neither Jesus nor his mother were refugees.

      Mary and Joseph did flee to Egypt to avoid the persecution of a mad king who sought to kill all the male children who were three years and younger, but they still returned to Israel and ended up living in their own country. It would be similar to a person from Dallas, TX fleeing to Mexico for a year or two to avoid persecution, and then returning to the USA but living in Austin, TX instead of returning to Dallas.

      I hope that makes sense.


      • Got this from Wikipedia: The Gospel of Luke does not recount this event, relating instead that the Holy Family went to the Temple in Jerusalem, and then directly home to Nazareth.[4] Followers of the liberal and unorthodox Jesus Seminar thus conclude that both Luke’s and Matthew’s birth and infancy accounts are fabrications.[5][6] A theme of Matthew is likening Jesus to Moses for a Judean audience, and the Flight into Egypt illustrates just that theme.
        This whole thing, and all the New Testament stuff, is “Greek to me” anyway. Again, I just thought that the refugee mother reference was an apt generalization that could be extended as a rationale to be more receptive to immigrants in general and current refugees in particular.


  2. Oh, I like this! Really good point. He is a warrior.

    This time of year especially, people are much more willing to welcome the sleeping babe in a manger, the Prince of Peace,the Lamb. That’s safe and non threatening. We sometimes forget He is also the Lion from the tribe of Judah, now seated in victory at the right hand of the Father.

    Jesus never fled anything, He confronted it head on. Even in the temple chasing the money lenders around, even when He knew His death was imminent. He may have been wise and slipped away a few times, but He has never been a refugee.

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    • Amen! thanks for this comment, IB.

      I did happen to forget the Lion of Judah, didn’t I? lol

      I’m very thankful for you and how God has blessed you with an understanding of who He is. 🙂 God Bless, my friend!

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