The Connection Between Christmas, Calvary, The Alamo & The Pro-Life Movement
I know Christmas is just around the corner and this is a time for merriment and joy over the tremendous love our Heavenly Father has for us; a love so great that He sent His only Son to us so that whosoever believeth in Him shall never die. That is truly something worth celebrating, and I wish you all the joy and happiness the birth of Christ brings. But there is another message in the birth of Jesus that relates directly to you and your work in His pro-life vineyard.
Have you ever thought about the fact that, as our Lord was hanging on
the cross and dying to give us eternal life, he was completely ALONE.
His mother wasn’t on the cross with Him. Nor were the Apostles. In fact, one of His close friends betrayed Him. And of the remaining eleven, one denied Him and nine others abandoned Him in His greatest hour of need. Christ was all alone as He fulfilled the Father’s will and gave Himself up on the cross. In a very real sense, the pro-life movement is alone in our fight for the unborn.
As a Texan, I sometimes compare our situation to the men at the Alamo.
Colonel William Travis sent out a dozen or so riders scouring the Texas landscape in hopes of inspiring recruits to come to the aid of those under siege at the Alamo. He was especially counting on a force of 500 men he was assured were on their way from Goliad. Then he learned that every one of them had been captured and brutally executed by Mexican troups led by General Santa Anna. In the end, all that came was about 30 volunteers from Gonzalez. With Santa Anna now at the Alamo, Travis called his garrison together and broke the news to them.
We’re all there is, he said. We’re alone. No one is coming.
He also informed them that Santa Anna had promised safe passage for anyone in the Alamo who wanted to leave. Then taking sword in hand, Travis drew that now famous line in the sand and gave his men a choice. They could stay with him and die, or they could cross the line and leave. With five to seven thousand Mexican soldiers surrounding the Alamo, every man inside knew that staying meant defeat and certain death. But no one crossed the line. They stayed and fought, and within a few days all 189 of them would be killed. But in death, each Alamo defender took with him roughly ten Mexican soldiers. Six weeks later, Santa Anna’s depleated army limped into a place called San Jacinto where they were defeated by General Sam Houston’s men in a battle that lasted only 18 minutes. And a new nation was born.
Although none of the Alamo defenders ever lived in a free Texas, they knew it would take their blood
in the soil to make it free. And there is a powerful message in that for the pro-life movement.
For over 40 years, we’ve been looking over our shoulders hoping that the cavalry would soon come riding over the hill. But as we enter the new year, it is time for us to accept that no one is coming. Not the church. Not the Republican party. No one. Now I’m not trying to depress you. Just the opposite, in fact.
When our Lord was alone on the cross, he didn’t give in when the priests at His feet began screaming, “Come down and we’ll believe.” Jesus knew what His Father expected. So even when He asked why he had been “forsaken,” He remained on the cross, fought Satan, gave His life, and won! He conquered death and brought abundant life to all who believe in Him. Two-thousand years later, the pro-life movement is also in a struggle against death, and Jesus gave us the model we can use for guidance and inspiration.
Look, I am never going to quit and I think the same thing is true about you. We will not abandon the unborn and their moms. Yes, to the world we may appear to be fighting this battle alone, but the truth is that God is always with us. He’s in front of us. Alongside us. Behind us. And over us. And He has also promised us the victory. Remember this…
“The gates of hell shall not prevail against you.”
And make no mistake, the front door of an abortion clinic is a gate into hell. As long as we keep our focus on that, and stop worrying about who is or is not on our side, we have no reason to fear anything or anyone.
You know, I’m certainly no fan of Margaret Mead. Her flawed “science” helped bring about the sexual revolution of the 1960s and paved the way for the legalization of abortion. But she did say one thing that has proven to be truly insightful – and it applies to you and me and everyone else in the pro-life movement. She said:
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”
Yes, the pro-life movement may be alone, but even some of our enemies are now openly conceding that we have the momentum. And they are right! Without a doubt, this is the most exciting time in the history of the pro-life movement. Right now, we have opportunities that we never had before and may never have again. All we have to do is man our posts, do our duty, and keep fighting with every ounce of energy we’ve got. God will take care of the rest and… in His Time… He will deliver the victory. But we’ve got to wage this battle now while we still can.
Together, you and I can make 2018 the best year ever for the pro-life cause.
So as you put your Christmas list together, please remember to include something for your little unborn brothers and sisters. Give them the same gift our Lord gave you that first Christmas: the gift of life. And there’s no better way for you to do that than to continue your partnership with Life Dynamics.
I’ll close on that note. On behalf of me, my family, and everyone here at Life Dynamics, I wish you and your loved ones a heartfelt Merry Christmas. May God’s infinite love fill all of you with His joy and peace at this holy time of the year. God bless you.
President of Life Dynamics