Letter to the Editor: A rebuttal to Scripture quote


If Attorney General Jeff Sessions is going to quote Scripture, i.e. Romans 13, to support the separation of immigrant families at our borders, then I will issue a rebuttal from a more relevant passage.  King Herod was in power in Jerusalem at the time of the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem.  Upon learning from the Magi that they were searching for a newly born king, Herod, fearing a threat to his power, ordered his soldiers to kill all boys under the age of 2 living in Bethlehem.  

Matthew 2: 13 – 15, NRSV translation: Now after they had left, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Get up, 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.”  Then Joseph got up, took the child and his mother by night, and went to Egypt, and remained there until the death of Herod.

One could say that Joseph, Mary and Jesus were political refugees/immigrants.  I wonder what would have happened if Jesus had been taken from them at the Egyptian border.  

Pastor Karen L. Caspersen, Woodstock