The bloodbath after Christmas
The massacre of male children younger than two years old after Christmas should also be a reminder of the horrors that evil men can commit when in power.
The birth of Jesus Christ is a wonderful event, as our Lord crossed the stars to take the form of a helpless baby and become the promised Messiah. He would eventually sacrifice Himself on the cross for our sins. But as I said on Twitter on Christmas Day, Christmas also brought with it a revelation of the face of evil and an unimaginable bloodbath. The wicked ruler Herod ordered soldiers to murder every male child under 2 years old to be sure that Jesus was killed. As Christmas is a reminder of God's limitless love, Christmas should also be a reminder of the horrors that evil men can commit when in power.
It was a truly horrifying order by a truly evil man. Herod's paranoia-driven cruelty and sadism makes him one of the great monsters of history. The prophet Jeremiah foretold this tragedy, and the gospel of Matthew quotes Jeremiah 31:15 in the grief following Herod's crimes. Herod, of course, failed to kill the Lord. Joseph protected Jesus by fleeing to Egypt, and Jesus came back and began His ministry three decades later. Now, Jesus sits at the right hand of God and is the King of all creation.
It is rare for Christians today to memorialize the brutal massacre of innocent children committed by wicked rulers afraid of the Christ child. That should not be the case. God recorded this for us in both the Old Testament and the New Testament, and it is part of the Christmas story. We should not avoid this because it is unpleasant. In fact, we should remember it because it is unpleasant. We should remember the horrors committed when evil men are in power, but the rulers were not the only guilty parties. Soldiers who followed orders and murdered babies and toddlers were also guilty of terrible sins.
The other reason Christians should remember and mourn the mass murder committed by Herod is that we in this nation are guilty of much worse bloodshed, and that bloodshed has continued week after week for nearly fifty years. That bloodshed, of course, is the national shame of "safe and legal" abortion. We are so wicked and perverse that we have taken the murder of a child, and instead of making it a cause for mourning we have made it into a crucial civil right for women.
This Saturday will be the 49th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Seven "justices" created a "right" to abortion out of thin air, unsupported by the text of the Constitution. That has led to the slaughter of over 60 million innocents. The "right" to abortion has also enabled rape and sexual abuse of women and girls, killing the baby to cover up the crimes of sexual predators. None of this is pro-woman at all. If there is a commemoration of Roe v. Wade in your community, go to it. Tell the world, and our modern versions of Herod in government today, that enough is enough. No more killing. Protect the innocent.