WASHINGTON, December 14, 2-14 — Christmas Day is near. The celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ should be more than just the exchange of gifts or the sharing of holiday cheer. Indeed, the birth of Jesus Christ is not just a gift from God; it serves as a testament to the value of every baby that is created in God’s image.
The gift of life is precious. Supporting that gift is noble. Each life saved, whether it is in Tampa, Dallas or Cleveland, is a flower of God’s creation; it has a right to exist and to flourish.
The 12 days of Christmas serve as the perfect opportunity to pray for life, and to commit to the right to life. Ever since the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court Roe v. Wade opinion, Americans have deprived over 55 millions babies the right to be born. As we prepare to celebrate a very precious birth, take the time to share your prayer for life with a family member, a friend and a fellow parishioner.
Liberal pundits and pro-abortion advocates see prayers for life during the Christmas season as an attack on a woman’s “right to choose.” God did not give us the right to choose to kill other human beings. A woman’s right to choose is no right to kill. If life is not precious, then the Bible and God are a lie. That is the true murder: the killing of decency, of biblical principles, and most importantly, of the candle that could light a dozen generations.
The story of Christ’s birth is more than a renewal of the covenant between God and those of biblical faith. The Bethlehem manger actually represents a restoration of new life and new hope and a new beginning. The message is as clear as the clarion call that was sent out by the Archangel Michael to announce that the messiah was to be born in Bethlehem. Luke 2: “10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christa the Lord.” Christ is the reason for this and all seasons of life.
Has Christmas become just the exchange gifts, a celebration of material things and not of the Savior’s birth? Has it become about mistletoe and gifts around a tree, not about the baby in the manger? Christmas bashers do not want any hint of Christ or God; no celebration of life can have any foothold in Obama’s America. Christianity is under attack as is Christmas — as is a baby’s right to life.
Nothing is better on Christmas day than to being committed to embracing and sharing God’s gift of life with all born and yet to be born. We should commit to holding all candidates for elective office — local and national — responsible for protecting the lives of unborn babies. Is life not the true meaning of what the celebration of Christmas is all about? Even in our secular observances, we want to spend time with loved ones, sitting around the Christmas tree, catching up on what the kids, grandkids, and family members have been doing in their lives since last Christmas.
We are often preoccupied with just our own lives, or with the lives of our immediate friends and family. Jesus Christ wanted us to show joy, caring, compassion and love for all. Love of all humanity includes love of those who will come after us, those who are not yet born.
Matthew 22: 36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” 37 Jesus replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
Jesus Christ was born, he ministered, and he died on the cross for our sins so that we are guaranteed life. He did not do it just for those who were fortunate to hear his righteous words. His words are eternal. They were given not just to the Jews of Galilee, but to all who would come after them — to us, millennia later. When he spoke to us across the centuries, we were unborn, just as those 55 million aborted infants were unborn before they were cruelly ripped from life, denied the privilege to experience God’s love and share in His grace.
Whether you are in New York, California or Michigan, you will welcome Christmas day to your household with love, celebration and cheer. While doing so, celebrate the birth of our savior Jesus Christ, by embracing God’s gift of life. Go into the New Year committing to the right to life in 2015!