Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Jesus a Refugee?

Christmas around Germany means you get Christmas cards from your butcher, your mechanic, and your plumber.  They want you to know....that they certainly remember you, and have good wishes for you in this holiday season.  As an American looking upon this.....the same general thing occurs in the US....although I get more of a feeling that my German mechanic really means it and hopes that I'll remember him when my brakes start going bad.

From today's news in Germany, I noted that the Koln chief cardinal (Catholic church)....sent out a Christmas card to folks around the town, and wished everyone good holiday greetings.  Somewhere in the card.....to bring the hand of the Catholic church down on the anti-immigration crowd.....the cardinal noted that Jesus was a refugee, and you ought to create a 'culture of welcome' for all refugees in Germany.

I looked over this commentary for several minutes.  It's hard to see where you'd take some living status of Jesus and flip it to meaning 'refugee-status'.  

You tend to be a refugee.....if the authorities of country have made life so miserable that you just can't live there anymore.  That doesn't fit the standard story of Jesus....unless the Catholic church wants to revisit the story and revise it.

You tend to be a refugee....if you were gay or lesbian or transgender, and the authorities have made life so miserable that you can't live there anymore.  That doesn't fit the standard story of Jesus.....unless the Catholic church wants to revisit the story and revise it.

You tend to be a refugee.....if a war is underway and massive slaughter is occurring.  That doesn't fit the standard story of Jesus.....unless the Catholic church wants to revisit the story and revise it.

You tend to be a refugee.....if economic disparity has reached a point where you can't survive in your homeland.  That doesn't fit the standard story of Jesus.....unless the Catholic church wants to revisit the story and revise it.

One of the great driving forces of the Bible being translated out of Latin, into the German language....was to halt the continued rewriting of the epic stories that would fit whatever agenda you had at the time.  It would seem like this new refugee status of Jesus is one of those revisions of the epic story.....to fit some agenda.  Maybe the Cardinal had some honest intentions....but it's a bit of a fraudulent effort.

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