It’s easy in an image-filled world of instant news for conservative Christians to see Christmas as under attack. And indeed it is…anything that points to a sovereign, saving God is something that humanist religion seeks to destroy. But….this is nothing new in Christian history, nor is it indicative that God is losing control, as He most certainly is inexorably taking us to an end of history that truly is His story. And yes, we know how it ends.
Sure we are seeing increased crazy hostility toward Christmas; you don’t need me to hyperlink to the many instances of cultural confusion that suggest we cannot use the word Christmas, sing Christmas songs, or publicly acknowledge what Christmas is all about. And no Mr. Obama, contra our opening video, it is not about a tree. Linus said it best, quoting from the gospel of Luke, Christmas is about God coming into the world as a baby, as a savior to us all:
But lets remember that our enemy has always wanted to kill us, and Jesus said he was a murderer from the beginning (John 8:44). He tried to kill the baby Jesus through Herod, but though many babies were killed (Matt 2:16), Satan/Herod’s plan was thwarted. No matter the evil of this world–no matter how many babies are killed–God will still accomplish his purposes to ultimately completely redeem his creation. Yet for a time, Satan is still behind killing in this world–and he is certainly behind the Planned Parenthood agenda. And he was so from the beginning, through the racist founder Margaret Sanger.
In an earlier post this week, I argued that abortion is such a monstrous evil that I at least cannot ever pull the voting trigger for the party that is the champion of planned parenthood. I ask anyone who calls themselves a Christian this question: Why is an abortionist who is careful on how they kill babies in the womb in order to preserve body parts for sale less evil than a jihadist who cuts off peoples heads live on video? Why are we outraged at the latter but silent on the former? Further, we cannot console ourselves with “I know personally its wrong, but I can’t impose my values on others.” Could we say that if someone broke into the house of our neighbor and killed them? “I know it’s personally wrong, but it would be imposing my values on the criminal to call the police.” The latter is ludicrous, but what is the substantive difference in values in the two scenarios? I realize that the unconstitutional law of the Supreme Court is different (Roe V Wade), but that’s what we ought to be about changing. And there is good news here.
In an encouraging article over at National Review, the pro-life position continues rising:
Gallup found this year that a majority of Americans — 55 percent — oppose abortion in all or most circumstances. CNN put that number at 58 percent in 2014. Republicans, as demonstrated by their persistence in reallocating Planned Parenthood’s funds to comprehensive health-care centers earlier this month, are embracing the task of representing the nation’s growing pro-life majority. Democrats ought to look at the recent statewide elections, take a page from Louisiana governor-elect John Bel Edwards, and do the same.
Electoral outcomes may ultimately force a change in Democratic policy prescriptions, and help Christians to consider Democrats. This is a compelling ad for a Democrat–in a state where one must be pro-life to win. Mr. Edwards used this in part to spring to victory over a flawed Republican candidate for Governor.
When Democrats don’t consider these values, they get hammered:
Jack Conway, on the other hand, the Democratic candidate for governor in Kentucky, may be regretting his pro-abortion stand. Conway lost a race he was heavily favored to win to Republican Matt Bevin. Shortly before his victory, Bevin remarked to the Washington Post that though he tried to talk economics on the campaign trail, voters wanted to hear about Planned Parenthood and religious freedom. “I hear more about those now as I’m out on the campaign trail than I do about anything else. This is what moves people,” he said. Bevin emphasized his pro-life views and his opposition to Planned Parenthood — and on Election Night he surprised the political establishment with a come-from-behind victory.
So this Christmas season let’s celebrate the birth of a baby, let’s celebrate the victorious life of a Savior, and let’s take joy in knowing that He is even now putting all things under His feet. Don’t worry about Herod’s threats or the risks to come–God has that covered. Celebrate the baby Jesus.