Christmas time has something that enlarges the heart of everyone-even, I suspect, the grinchiest of atheists. Whether it is lightly falling snow, or visiting family and friends, or Christmas carolling, or an audience surging to its feet at the crescendos of Handel’s Hallelujah chorus, there is something about this time of year that seems to put people in better spirits. No matter how far militant secularism has spread, the Christmas story has incredible cultural power.
I find that the Christmas story has much to remind those of us in the pro-life movement, things that might be easier to forget throughout the year. Everything we fight is in direct conflict with the beauty and the message of that story. And when we look closely, we realize that the Enemy has not changed so much since Herod sent his soldiers into Bethlehem to slaughter all children under the age of three, chopping and stabbing and desperately trying to extinguish the Promise with the blood of the innocents. Two thousand years later, the war on innocence and promise still rages—and the Enemy still lets his mask slip every now and again.
The “war on Christmas” isn’t just about atheists whining about nativity scenes. It manifests itself everywhere in our culture’s rebellion against self-sacrifice, truth, and beauty
Jonathon van Maren, writer for various publications
I’ve found it interesting to note, for example, that abortion supporters pouring out to protest the pro-life message often quote the Lord Jesus—even if they do it by accident. “My body!” they scrawl crudely onto cardboard signs, and shriek at those who oppose the shedding of the blood of pre-born boys and girls.
Jesus said the same thing: “This is my body”—but followed that with one of the most beautiful phrases ever spoken—“which is broken for you.” The declaration of abortion supporters is one of war: My body, and I will kill anyone who I perceive as infringing on me. The words of the Lord Jesus meant something entirely different—He offered His body on the cross for His Church, the ultimate redeeming sacrifice. Abortion is, at the end of the day, the precise opposite of the Gospel, in brutal and bloody contrast to the Christmas story.