Saturday, December 25, 2004

One Child

Today, we Christians celebrate the birth of our Savior, our Messiah, the incarnation of God on Earth. He was only one child, whose birth wasn't heralded to all the kings around the world, whose parents were stuck in finding a place to stay as they went home to partake of a tax census. To those of a scholarly mien, this was no significant event, nothing different from anyone else. Jesus of Nazareth, son of Joseph and Mary would be born into a world that did not know His greatness. He was only one child out of millions. His life, however would contain things that would change the world. His message of peace as the Son of God, the Son of Man, would bring the keys to the Kingdom of Heaven to one and all who listened and believed. His death would free us from sin. His memory would inspire thousands to live in imitation of Him or do great deeds in His name to benefit those who were unable to help themselves. Thus, we have our saints. However, Jesus of Nazareth was still only one child out of millions. Insignificant. Had we never known His grace, who knows how the world would have been?

How many other children are in the same situation? Mahatma Gandhi was only one child, and his methods of peaceful protest brought an Empire to its end. I suppose someone else would have been able to do the same thing. Little Mohandas was just one child, just a speck out of millions. Nothing special there.

What of Martin Luther King, Jr? Was he just one insignficant child as well? Mother Teresa? St. Francis of Assisi? Pope John XXIII? Pope John Paul II? This is where I don't get the pro-abortion crowd. For all the evil that humans do to each other, we provide ourselves with the ability to transcend that evil with the birth of each child. We provide another chance to remake the world into something beautiful. Each child brings another helping of human potential, another chance at greatness. Each abortion throws that away. It throws away the one child who could achieve humankind's greatest potetntial.

But it's only one child, isn't it? It's only one more mouth to feed, one more person on the dole, one more future lazy good-for-nothing, right?

There are many things we need to think of at Christmas. Family, friends, and those unable to defend themselves against the evil of the world are just a few of the topics that may weigh heavy upon us. We must keep this in our hearts as we celebrate the birth of the one who has led us from the darkness to the light of God's Grace and Love. We must celebrate all of human life, and rejoice for what it brings us.

We do this by celebrating the birth of one child. Merry Christmas to one and all.

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