This morning, the hosts of “Fox & Friends” criticized Rev. Al Sharpton for describing Jesus as a refugee, inviting Fox News reporter Carley Shimkus to investigate Sharpton’s claims.
Mocking Sharpton for supposedly getting the Bible wrong, Shimkus told hosts Steve Doocy, Brian Klimeade and Ainsley Earhardt that Jesus was not a refugee because, according to the Gospel of Luke, Mary and Joseph went to Bethlehem for tax reasons.
However, Shimkus clearly missed Matthew 2, which recounts how Mary and Joseph fled to Egypt with the infant Jesus after an angel told Joseph that “Herod is going to search for the child to kill him. So he got up, took the child and his mother during the night and left for Egypt, where he stayed until the death of Herod.” After taking refuge in Egypt, the family then returned “for those who were trying to take the child’s life are dead.”
Via Media Matters:
13 When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Get up,” he said, “take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.”
14 So he got up, took the child and his mother during the night and left for Egypt, 15 where he stayed until the death of Herod. And so was fulfilled what the Lord had said through the prophet: “Out of Egypt I called my son.”
16 When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had learned from the Magi. 17 Then what was said through the prophet Jeremiah was fulfilled:
18 “A voice is heard in Ramah,
weeping and great mourning,
Rachel weeping for her children
and refusing to be comforted,
because they are no more.”
19 After Herod died, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt 20 and said, “Get up, take the child and his mother and go to the land of Israel, for those who were trying to take the child’s life are dead.”
21 So he got up, took the child and his mother and went to the land of Israel. 22 But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning in Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. Having been warned in a dream, he withdrew to the district of Galilee,