‘Yes, he did live in Egypt for 3 1/2 years. But it was not illegal….’
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) President Donald Trump’s spiritual adviser said that Jesus would have “not been our Messiah” if he had broken immigration laws.
Paula White said in an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network on Monday that there is a difference between immigrants illegally crossing the border and Jesus’s earthly parents, Mary and Joseph, fleeing to Egypt for refuge after King Herod sought to kill him, according to the Gospel of Matthew.
“I think so many people have taken biblical scriptures out of context on this, to say stuff like, ‘Well, Jesus was a refugee,’ ” White told CBN. “And yes, he did live in Egypt for 3 1/2 years. But it was not illegal. If he had broke the law then he would have been sinful and he would not have been our Messiah.”
White recently visited an immigration detention center in Virginia and said the media presents a false narrative about them.
“The center was amazing,” White said. “Not just three square meals, psychiatric care, clinician, medical care, chapel, events, schooling, language, and love…These were unaccompanied minors.”
The visit “100 percent” solidified her views on stricter immigration laws, she said.
“If we are going to be compassionate, we have to have stricter border security and laws,” she said.
White has been a friend and counselor to Trump for the past 16 years, and even said God “lifted up” the president to victory over Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions also referenced biblical teaching in defense of Trump’s zero tolerance immigration policy, saying upholding the laws is biblical in nature.
“I would cite you to the Apostle Paul and his clear and wise command in Romans 13, to obey the laws of the government because God has ordained them for the purpose of order,” Sessions said during a speech last month. “Orderly and lawful processes are good in themselves and protect the weak and lawful.”