This does not say that the events recounted in the nativity narratives are false. It does, however, require readers to recognize that these stories were crafted to show who Jesus was and what he lived for. In them, Jesus embodies what is truly worth aspiring to in life -- not the conventional trappings of success, but a transformative relationship with God.
It's not just that God came, but how God came. It wasn't accidental that the savior of the world was born to a poor peasant woman in an occupied country in an animal stall because they were literally homeless at the time of his birth. And soon Jesus and his family were made refugees and had to flee their country because the most powerful political ruler around the Christ child felt very threatened by his coming.
With the 2016 presidential election cycle in full swing, the Republican candidates have each reached out to Christian evangelical voters. Since the Reagan era of the 1980s brought us Jerry Falwell's Moral Majority, evangelicals have consistently been one of the Republican's core constituencies, just as labor unions have been for the Democrats.