A young, brown-skinned man, his wife and their newborn baby, fled their native country after learning it wasn’t safe for them to stay. They believed their sweet baby’s very life was in grave danger.
So, they sought asylum in a neighboring country.
Now, the people in this neighboring country had no idea who this man and woman were that sought entry.
Were they terrorists, or members of some bloodthirsty gang, intent on murdering everyone in their way?
Were they trying to smuggle something from where they had come?
Were they trying to enter the country illegally? Would they then steal jobs from some other, more deserving people, or expect to get a free ride in their new “home”, not paying their taxes or medical costs?
What possible consequences would there be for allowing this family asylum in their country?
Perhaps this can provide a clue:
The parents’ names were Joseph and Mary, and the baby’s name was Jesus.
You can read their story in Chapter 2 of the Gospel of Matthew, in the New Testament.
Egypt allowed them in. Would we have just closed our border and tear gassed them?
Remember, they were foreigners, they weren’t white, and nobody knew them.
Peace on Earth.