“When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had learned from the Magi.” Matt. 2:16
We may or may not do much with Holy Innocents day which is December 28. We know that the infants of Bethlehem who were killed by the order of the earthly and very “earthy” order of King Herod were killed as Herod sought in vain to find and execute baby Jesus. What a tragic example of human insecurity and pride to slaughter babies! It was a long time ago and people would prefer not to think about it.
In many ways the same can be said about Roe Vs Wade. January 22, 1973 – The US Supreme Court, in a 7-2 decision, affirmed the legality of a woman’s right to have an abortion under the Fourteenth amendment to the Constitution. The case was filed by Norma McCorvey, known in court documents as Jane ROE against Henry WADE. Norma McCorvey, who was known as Jane Roe, was a Texas resident who sought to obtain an abortion. Texas law prohibited abortions except to save the pregnant mother’s life. McCorvey was pregnant when she became the lead plaintiff in the case. She gave up the baby for adoption. Norma McCorvey has since come forward and changed sides on the abortion debate. Norma McCorvey died on February 18, 2017.
While Herod made the killing of the babies “legal” by his own fiat, he did not and could not make it moral! While the court decision in 1973 made abortion legal, Christians know that does not make in moral or in any way God-pleasing! Other life issues such as euthanasia align with the mind of Herod and not the mind of God! We are fearfully and wonderfully made in God’s image. Life is God’s gift and anytime we deny that and declare ourselves as the final arbiters of life we play the part of Herod.
The Supreme Court decision is contrary and befuddled the lives of many women – even some of the women sitting in our pews. As we minister in the name of the Bethlehem born baby Jesus we speak against the practice of abortion and at the same time minister to the women whose misguided decisions made them a part of the travesty of abortion. As we teach our young we clearly and strongly indicate that what may be legal is often not moral – abortion being a clear example.
While Herod was all about destroying the “threat” of Jesus, he was not successful! Jesus, King of Kings survived to carry out the will of the Father for the forgiveness of our sins! May we be clear proclaimers of this truth and may we also as citizens of this nation speak to the travesty of abortion – akin to the murder of the Holy Innocents! (58,586,256 Abortions in America Since Roe v. Wade in 1973)
We cherish, love and protect our babies and celebrate God’s gift of new life as we baptize them one by one!