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Church Nativity Scene Shows Jesus, Mary, And Joseph As A Caged Family, Separated At Border

Church Nativity Scene Shows Jesus, Mary, And Joseph As A Caged Family, Separated At Border

When asked if their nativity scene will cause some controversy, Reverand Karen Clark Ristine said, "If this sparks conversation, that would be one good goal."

Cover photo Credits: Karen Clarke Ristine 

A church in California has depicted a Nativity scene where Jesus, Mary, and Joseph are refugees in cages in order to attract attention to the conditions faced by migrants who are trying to seek asylum in the United States, reported Complex.

The Claremont United Methodist Church, located around 30 miles east of Los Angeles, recently posted a photo on their website that showed three separate cages topped with barbed wire and baby Jesus is being wrapped inside a tinfoil blanket. 



 

 

Rev. Karen Clark Ristine told ABC 7, "We thought about the most famous refugee family in the world, the family of Jesus." In a separate Facebook post, she added, "The theological statement posted with the nativity: In a time in our country when refugee families seek asylum at our borders and are unwillingly separated from one another, we consider the most well-known refugee family in the world."



 

 

Inside the church, the family is reunited in a more traditional nativity scene. The Reverand continued saying, "Imagine Joseph and Mary separated at the border and Jesus no older than two taken from his mother and placed behind the fences of a Border Patrol detention center as more than 5,500 children have been the past three years." 



 

 

When asked if their nativity scene will cause some controversy, Reverand said, "If this sparks conversation, that would be one good goal." The original Facebook post reads, "Stirred to tears by the Claremont UMC nativity. Inside the church, the Holy Family is reunited. The theological statement posted with the nativity: In a time in our country when refugee families seek asylum at our borders and are unwillingly separated from one another, we consider the most well-known refugee family in the world. Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, the Holy Family."

"Shortly after the birth of Jesus, Joseph and Mary were forced to flee with their young son from Nazareth to Egypt to escape King Herod, a tyrant. They feared persecution and death. What if this family sought refuge in our country today? Imagine Joseph and Mary separated at the border and Jesus no older than two taken from his mother and placed behind the fences of a Border Patrol detention center as more than 5,500 children have been the past three years," it added.



 

The comment section of the Facebook post was quite polarising. One user wrote, "It is disrespectful in my view to put the King of Kings, Lord of Lords in a cage at any time. Your political views should not be mixed with the birth of our savior. Shame on you!"

But another user thought it was a very sharp and on-point display that sends a powerful message. The user wrote, "Do the world's most famous and worshipped refugees separated in cages make you uncomfortable USA? ...it does?... Good!"



 

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