There's a famous Babylon Bee headline that satirically reads, "Man Bravely Abandons Unpopular Christian Belief to Affirm Extremely Popular Cultural Belief." I can't help but think the writer of that headline must have just finished reading the latest offering from the online Christian publication, "RELEVANT Magazine," given their increasing propensity to publish stories heavy on culture, light on biblical truth.
The most recent example for this outlet that claims to be targeting "Christian twenty-somethings and thirty-somethings" came the day after Christmas when they waded into the mind-numbingly pedantic and intentionally distracting "debate" over the "refugee" status of the baby Jesus.
The best I could tell in reading Tyler Huckabee's piece, Democrat presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg had unsurprisingly gone back to the well of hijacking Christianity in an effort to advance his political agenda, incurred the wrath of Bible-believing Christians for that offense, and so naturally, ever the "forward-thinkers" petrified that anyone might mistake them for un-hip conservatives, RELEVANT felt the need to come to Mayor Pete's defense.
The headline, fittingly sharing the front page with other no-doubt theologically rich fare as "Jamie Foxx on Why the Church Should Be More Loving, Inclusive, and Unifying," and "God ‘Making All Things New' Doesn't Mean Christians Can Ignore the Environment," screamed, "Yes, Jesus Was a Refugee. He Still Is."
Oddly, the article itself seemed to be far less certain about its headlined conclusion, admitting that while Buttigieg had celebrated Jesus, "who came into this world…as a refugee," the truth is something entirely different. "Jesus wasn't born in a country his parents weren't legally allowed to be," Huckabee conceded. You know, like a refugee.
But after confessing this truth, RELEVANT spent paragraphs attempting to find some way to intellectually justify Buttigieg's remarks, even turning to some entity called the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, as well as social justice champion "Father" James Martin (the man who famously questioned the reliability of the Bible since he disagreed with its stance on homosexuality) to offer final authority.
The piece reached its climax in the final paragraph when it abandoned any pretense of offering biblical insight and instead plunged into the real motivation – progressive politics:
Jesus is still a refugee, per His own words. He is looking for work, saving up money to bring His family over. He is detained at the border, waiting for a lawyer to take up His case. And He is waiting in a refugee camp, hoping that His papers go through.
If RELEVANT wants to make the case that the personal instruction of Jesus to care for the foreigner, the exile, the indigent, and the refugee is the model upon which governments should base their immigration laws, they should do so. If it is their contention that civil authorities should institute theocratic laws codifying the moral precepts of Jesus as binding on all citizens regardless of their religious views, they should make that case. Given their obvious leftward political tilt, I don't really think they're going to like where that leads, but at least they would be intellectually honest.
As it stands, for as much as he strikes the tone of a compassionate soul, Pete Buttigieg has such little regard for innocent beings made in the image of their Creator that he would allow them to be dismembered up to the moment of birth. It is a galling lack of moral self-awareness for RELEVANT to take to the pages of their Christian publication to defend such a man as he feigns sympathy for the vulnerability of a different unplanned pregnancy in southern Judea 2,000 years ago.
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