Better Prison Than To Sin Against God

“When Potiphar heard the words his wife spoke to him, his anger was aroused and he put Joseph into the prison.” – Gen. 39:19-20

Better to be put into prison than to sin against God. (39:9)

Jesus was not a Refugee

When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt” – Matt. 2:14

At this time every year, the claim that Jesus was a refugee makes its rounds.

The claim is not historically accurate.

Jesus was not a refugee.

The reference is to Joseph and Mary’s flight into Egypt (Matt. 2:13–23). The idea is implied that they were seeking political sanctuary/asylum.

However, Egypt was part of the Roman Empire.

Like traveling from Texas to California, both are under the jurisdiction of the United States. They were not entering or leaving illegally in any shape or form.

This claim is used to equate the birth of Jesus with the current illegal immigration debate. It’s also used to guilt and shame Christians by using the Bible against a Christian.

Mary and Joseph were fleeing a Godless unbeliever who was slaughtering innocent babies. That sounds more familiar to today.

Image ref: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Egypt_(Roman_province)

Truth is Uncomfortable

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Jesus never said it would be easy. In fact, He promised the opposite (John 15:18).

“Comfort is the one thing you cannot get by looking for it. If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end: if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth” – C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

God never called anyone to a life of comfort. Look at Noah, Joseph, Jonah, Daniel, and the list could go on. Those who think becoming a Christian means no more problems is in for a rude awakening. If anything, becoming a Christian all but guarantees you problems. In a society that is increasingly hostile to the faith, its like placing a target on your back.

Here’s why: In a post-Christian world, truth is uncomfortable. Truth is offensive.

Great. Thanks a lot! Why would I ever want to subject myself to discomfort, right? Well, because truth is truth no matter my level of comfort. Whether or not I am comfortable has nothing to do with it. What is important is that I know what the truth is and that I believe it. (Rom. 1:18).

The most unloving thing I could do is lie about the truth. The truth is what sets all of us free (John 8:32).

Instead of comfort, seek truth – and comfort will ultimately & eternally follow. What is truth? God’s word is truth (John 17:17).

Do you know it?