The Slaughter of the Innocents

In God’s providence, yesterday I was scheduled to preach from Matthew 2, in which King Herod murders a group of young children. (The video clip in this post is from my sermon.) The passage proved to be tragically timely, two days after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. I am devastated by the horrors that took place on Friday, I am praying for the families and the community involved, and I am grateful for the people who give their lives—in this case quite literally—to serve children.

Last night, President Obama spoke at a prayer vigil in Newtown. It is curious that, in the wake of tragedy, people want to go to church—gather in community, pray, sing semi-spiritual songs, and hear pastoral words from a leader quoting Scripture. During his speech, the President stated:

This is our first task: caring for our children. It’s our first job. If we don’t get that right, we don’t get anything right. That’s how, as a society, we will be judged. And by that measure, can we truly say, as a nation, that we’re meeting our obligations? Can we honestly say that we’re doing enough to keep our children, all of them, safe from harm? . . . Can we say that we’re truly doing enough to give all the children of this country the chance they deserve to live out their lives in happiness and with purpose?

The President rightly condemns the killing of born children, yet he condones the killing of the unborn. Our culture is profoundly confused when it comes to life and children.