A refugee is defined as a person forced to leave their country in order to escape war, persecution, or natural disaster.
Martin O’Malley (Democratic candidate for President of the United States) said Jesus was refugee (“Remember: Jesus was refugee child who fled death gangs.”).
Was Jesus a refugee? It is true that Jesus’ step father (Joseph) fled the wrath of Herod when Herod sought the death of the One that he felt threatened his position as king over the Judean province (Matthew 2:1-18).
Is that a refugee in the same sort of way that some are fleeing from other countries? A refugee in large quantities or in small numbers is still a refugee. There is a significant difference, however, in the two accounts.
First, one dealt with salvation history, that is, the Lord’s plan to save man from his own personal sin which leads to eternal destruction (Romans 6:23).
Second, it was the Lord’s sending of the family of three to the location wherein they went.
Third, it was the Lord who provided the means they used to get to their location of safety.
Fourth, Joseph and Mary returned to the land of Israel because of the very point of salvation.
Fifth, the refugees in today’s context are not the same. Whether this country accepts or does not accept is in direct relation to Islamic ideology that seeks to destroy American culture.
Perhaps there are other reasons that one might bring to our attention that contrasts the two scenarios. Whether there is or not, like many political candidates (Republican and Democrat), when one thinks that something related to Jesus can be used in his or her favor, He is wielded.
Jesus was not a refugee in the context of today, but as He was then, He is today the only Savior given to man whereby one can be saved (Acts 4:12).