In our current political climate, where strangers of all kinds--immigrants as well as refugees fleeing oppression--are being used as pawns to stoke up fear, the Christmas story seems particularly relevant. That is, of course, if you read the whole thing. As the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove remind us in the blog post below, Jesus was also a refugee, fleeing political violence.
The article focuses primarily on the writers' home state of North Carolina, but North Carolina hardly stands alone in its opposition to refugees. It is easy to hear to the Christmas story without really listening, just because we have heard it so often. But listen carefully this year, because it is speaking directly to us.