The Christmas Story is Not About Moslem Refugees

Some people have been claiming that the story of Joseph and Mary not being able to find a room in the inn when they went to Bethlehem for the Census is an example of why Christians should be willing to take in Moslem refugees. However, the facts of the story do not support citing the account of Joseph and Mary going to Bethlehem as a parallel to the refugee crisis.

And it came to pass in those days, there went forth a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world be enrolled— this enrollment first came to pass when Cyrenius was governor of Syria— and all were going to be enrolled, each to his proper city, and Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, that is called Bethlehem, because of his being of the house and family of David, to enroll himself with Mary his betrothed wife, being with child. And it came to pass, in their being there, the days were fulfilled for her bringing forth, and she brought forth her son—the first-born, and wrapped him up, and laid him down in the manger, because there was not for them a place in the guest-chamber. Luke 2:1-7

Luke clearly states that the purpose of Joseph and Mary going to Bethlehem was for them to enroll in the census. Nowhere does it indicate that Joseph and Mary were refugees.

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