Christmas Song Blog Day 14 – Coventry Carol
Today I am in mourning. I mourn for the lives of children I never knew. The children crushed or dying beneath the rubble of Allepo, the children living in hunger in our own cities, the children of Sandy Hook who died in vain, and the countless others who have been gunned down in the years since we as a culture decided that sort of thing didn’t really bother us badly enough to take action to save them.
Christ gave us a very clear model on how we should view children:
“People were bringing little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them.” Mark 10:13-16
The Christmas story tells us a tale of what not to do.
“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.” Matthew 2:16
This is not a some great commentary that’s going to open anyone’s eyes. If the events of the world haven’t done that yet, nothing I can say here will soften your hard heart. I only point out this contrast between Jesus and the people who opposed him in order to say this: Everyone claims they want to follow Jesus. I’ve yet to hear anyone lift up Herod as anything but one of the worst villains in the history of all mankind, and yet that’s not the world we actually live in.
Christmas isn’t always a happy story. Christmas isn’t always about what God did for us. Sometimes Christmas shows us what we do to God, and those lesson are rarely easy to face. The comparison between Jesus and Herod should not even have to be mentioned, but it does, because we as a society continue to be much closer to the Herod end of the spectrum than the Jesus end.
Sorry if you are waiting for this blog to work around to something warm fuzzy. It’s not going to. We have failed the children of this world. We continue to fail them every day. It is our sacred duty to lift up children, to see the Christ child in every single one of them, and we don’t. Nor do we make sure they see Christ in each of us. We are not saviors in this story. We are Herods.
I mourn for our children and I mourn for our own humanity.
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