Congressman Luis Gutiérrez (D-IL) during a House Judiciary Committee hearing with Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen on Thursday compared the Gospel narrative of Mary and Joseph fleeing King Herod with Jesus to immigrants fleeing to the United States. He suggests that President Donald Trump’s policies at the border would have killed Jesus who with Mary and Joseph fled f
“It is repugnant to me and astonishing to me that during Christmas. I like to call them the holiday season to be inclusive, but during Christmas because the majority always wants to just call it Christmas — during Christmas, a time in which we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, a Jesus Christ who had to flee for his life with Mary and Joseph, thank God there wasn’t a wall that stopped him from seeking refuge in Egypt,” Gutiérrez said.
“Thank God that wall wasn’t there and thank God there wasn’t an administration like this or he too would have perished on the 28th, on the Day of Innocents, when Herod ordered the murder of every child under 2 years of age. Maybe I haven’t gone a lot to Bible school but I know that part,” he added.
“Thank God,” he repeated for unnecessary emphasis. “Shame on everybody that separates children and allows them to stay at the other side of the border fearing death, fearing hunger, fearing sickness, shame on us for wearing our badge of Christianity during Christmas and allow the secretary to come here and lie,” Gutiérrez concluded.
When Nielsen was given an opportunity to respond, the Congressman left the room.
How can you tell when someone is becoming unhinged? When they resort to saying things like this.
Matthew 2 records the flight to Egypt. King Herod requested that the wise men who sought Jesus return to him to tell him where he could be found so that he might also worship Him. They were warned in a dream not to return to him. The Gospel then says:
“Now when they had departed, behold an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, ‘Rise, take the child and his mother and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you, for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him.’ And he rose and took the child and his mother by night and departed to Egypt and remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfill what the Lord had
spokeby the prophet, ‘Out of Egypt I called my son.’
“The Herod, when he saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, became furious, and he sent and killed all the male children in Bethlehem and in all that region who were two years old or under, according to the time that he had ascertained from the wise men. Then was fulfilled what was spoken by the prophet Jeremiah:
“‘A voice was heard in Ramah, weeping and loud lamentation, Rachel weeping for her children; she refused to be
comforted,because they are no more,'” (Matthew 2:13-18, ESV).
I never would have thought that someone would attempt to connect border policy with the Gospel’s narrative about Christ’s birth and His childhood. Wow.