Every Christmas, liberals who despise the Bible and its message about abortion, same-sex sexuality, and the 8th commandment (“You shall not steal”) try to find something from the Bible to advance a liberal cause they claim is based on the Bible. for them, the Bible is selectively relevant and authoritative.
Even the Pope got into the act this year with the claim that the Christmas story is about refugees.
Noting that Mary and Joseph arrived in a land “where there was no place for them,” [Pope] Francis drew parallels to contemporary time.
“So many other footsteps are hidden in the footsteps of Joseph and Mary,” he said in his homily. “We see the tracks of entire families forced to set out in our own day. We see the tracks of millions of persons who do not choose to go away but, driven from their land, leave behind their dear ones.”
This is hardly the case since going from Nazareth to Bethlehem is a trip of 80 miles inside Israel. As we’ll see, the “no room in the inn” had nothing to do with being unwelcomed.
They get the Advent message wrong like they get “my brother’s keeper” message wrong.
Read more: “Obama Misuses the Bible . . . Again.”
Jesse Jackson was the first liberal to turn Advent Season into a political propaganda piece. It was in the December 26,, 1988 issue if Jet Magazine. The title of the article was “Jesse Jackson Tells the Real Meaning of Christmas.”
He made the same claim in 1991 When George H. W. Bush was president.1 He repeated his “homeless couple” theme at the 1992 Democratic National Convention.
Apparently, no one ever called Jackson on misappropriation of the biblical record for political gain, because in 1999 he stated that Christmas “is about a homeless couple, finding their way in a mean time.”2
Barbara Reynolds, a former columnist for USA Today, following Jackson’s early lead, scolded the “Christian Right” for opposing government welfare programs: “They should recall,” she writes, “that Jesus Christ was born homeless to a teen who was pregnant before she was married.”3
Hillary Clinton, in comments critical of former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s homeless policies, sought to remind all of us that “Christmas celebrates ‘the birth of a homeless child.’”4
News chief political analyst Matthew Dowd tweeted:
“Let us remember today 2 immigrants, a man and his very pregnant wife, sought shelter & were turned away by many. She gave birth in a manger.”
Here’s what the Bible says:
In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to their own town to register. So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child (Luke 2:1-3).
Notice what the passage says: “And everyone went to their own town to register.” You can’t be an immigrant or a refugee in your own country.
If the Christmas story has anything to do with politics, it’s that governments like to keep track of their subjugated people for tax purposes…