Happy Christmas everyone!
I hope the bitter cold hasn’t hampered your Christmas spirit too much.
Here in Central New York, it’s beginning to look a lot less like Christmas and a lot more like that episode of Star Trek where Spock and Dr. McCoy get stuck in a frozen, windswept wasteland.
On Friday morning, it was in the low 40s. By Friday evening, it plummeted to seven degrees. Now it’s an uncomfortable 19 with wind gusts so brutal, it feels more like minus 15.
On the plus side, the forecast calls for the high 40s by the end of the week.
I’m not sure how much of a happy Christmas I’ll have since I’m saddled with a nasty head cold and dare not venture outside in this biting cold to visit my parents.
Instead, I’ll spend the morning finishing up the copy for this year’s 10 Most Tiresome People column while taking breaks for the occasional sneezing seizures, or as I like to call them, sneezures, that are so explosive that I scare the cat. Then I’ll park myself on the couch under warm fleece and watch TV.
Woo-hoo! Do I know how to make merry, or what?!
As is my Christmas tradition, I am republishing my annual Christmas column, originally published in December 2014 as a counterpoint to the Left’s annual Christmas tradition of using the story of Christmas as a bludgeon to promote open borders.
Big Government: Inconveniencing Families for 2000 Years
During a town hall in Nashville, Barack Obama once again proved to the world that he knows absolutely nothing about the Bible (hat tip Breitbart).
You see, according to the noted theologian Barack Obama, Joseph and Mary were homeless wanderers forced to hole up in a stable.
If you have been a regular reader of mine, this particular theme will sound familiar because I touched on it in 2013 when Barack Obama said Mary and Joseph were illegal aliens who had no home in Bethlehem and had to live in the shadows of a stable.
Now, I’m probably not as knowledgeable a Biblical scholar as Barack Obama since I only hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Biblical Studies.
However, permit me to provide Barack with some, oh, what’s the word, context.
Rome was a micromanaging, Big Government that loved to stick its nose into the lives of the people who lived under its rule.
During the time of Caesar Augustus, when Quirinius was the Governor of Syria, Rome decreed that a census be performed. Now, the Roman Postal Service didn’t mail everyone a seventeen-page form to find out how many people lived in their homes, whether they had health insurance, how many are gay, or what color their skin is.
Instead of mailing a census form, Rome forced everyone to return to the city of their birth to register for the census.
So, if you were born in Bethlehem but lived in Nazareth, you had to pack up your family and set out for Bethlehem to be counted in the Big Government Census.
Joseph, being from the House of David, was born in Bethlehem. So, even though his wife Mary was exceedingly pregnant, they had to pack a bag and make the trip from Nazareth to Bethlehem to be in compliance with the Roman census decree.
I’m sure some pencil-pushing hag named Loisius Lernerus was sitting in her office in Rome making sure that the Jews were super-inconvenienced by this census.
But that’s just conjecture on my part and in no way substantiated in the Bible.
Joseph and Mary were not relocating to Bethlehem.
Joseph and Mary were not sneaking into Bethlehem illegally so that Joseph could become an olive-picker in the fields while Mary made beds in Bethlehem’s only inn.
They were mandated by the Roman Government to haul their fannies to Joseph’s city of birth to comply with a governmental decree.
And they weren’t the only ones that had to do it.
Everyone who was born in Bethlehem, along with their families, was also making the trip.
Now understand, Bethlehem wasn’t Miami or Las Vegas. It wasn’t known for all of its ample tourist accommodations.
As a result, there weren’t enough rooms to accommodate all the people forced to return to Bethlehem by a government decree to be counted in Rome’s Big Government Census.
With limited accommodations and a very pregnant wife in tow, Joseph found the first place he could for them to sleep.
You see, Joseph and Mary were not illegal aliens. They were not migrants or refugees.
They were complying with a Big Government mandate.
If you want to take something away from the Christmas story about the circumstances that brought them to the stable, it should be: Big Government: Inconveniencing Families for 2000 Years
Let’s face it. Had Rome not decreed this census be taken in the manner it was, Joseph and Mary would have welcomed their baby to the world from the comfort of their own home in Nazareth.
Obama wants to use the Christmas story as a lesson. Sadly, as is usually the case with Barack Obama, he failed to get the right lesson.
They were not homeless people, but citizens inconvenienced by a government mandate.
They were not illegal aliens, but citizens forced to take a trip at a difficult time to comply with a government mandate.
But God is greater than Government. He used Rome’s officious decrees for His own purposes. Jesus was born in Bethlehem in fulfillment of prophecy:
But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
for out of you will come a ruler
who will shepherd my people Israel.
The problem with trying to convince Christians to support Amnesty by misquoting the Bible is that most Christians are more familiar with the Christmas story than Leftists are.
They know that Mary and Joseph were not homeless illegals who jumped the border into Bethlehem so they could get the Roman equivalent of Food Stamps and Medicaid.
Well, there you have it.
A very happy Christmas to all. Keep warm and safe this Christmas time.
I should finish up “Dianny’s 10 Most Tiresome People of 2022” today or tomorrow, so look for that later this week.
God bless us, everyone.
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