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COMMENTARY

Be like the Wise Men, Not Herod!

By Don Bebee

Merry Christmas. And while I am at it, Happy New Year. Perhaps you are thinking, merry and happy are two lead word phrases that could hardly describe our American family experience in the year 2020. Two lead word phrases that have had the dominating demoralizing effect on our American family and the world are Fraudulent Election and Fearmongering Covid-19 Pandemic. And at the top of the political party platform list is the contentious chaos conflict between the unborn’s right to life and the right of choice/abortion to put to death the unborn.

Reflecting upon these things, my December 2019 article for the Caprock Patriot came to mind. When I wrote it, I mentioned the “traditional” nativity scene (Luke 2), which includes the “3” Wise Men. And I thought for a moment about making a footnote to remind readers that it was two years after the birth of the Christ Child that the Wise Men arrived (Matthew 2). I decided not to make the footnote. After the December 2019 Caprock Patriot Newspaper was published, there were several affirming comments. One online comment kindly reminded me that the Wise Men arrived two years after the Christ Child’s birth. Truly.

Do you remember what happened after the Wise Men left and returned to their homeland? We typically remember that the Wise Men brought the Christ Child, gold, frankincense, and myrrh. As astrologers, the Wise Men had seen a new star in the eastern sky on the night Jesus; the Christ Child was born. From their country, their journey following the star took two years for them to arrive in Jerusalem, where the star led them to the house where they found the two-year-old Jesus, the Christ Child.

However, when the Wise Men first arrived in Jerusalem, they first stopped to express their respects to King Herod. And to inquire of him as to whether King Herod might know where they could find the Christ Child. King Herod did not know of the Christ Child or His whereabouts. King Herod deceptively, with ulterior motives, asked the Wise Men after they found the Christ Child to let him know of the Christ Child’s location. After seeing the Christ Child and worshiping Him, the Wise Men had a meeting of the minds regarding what they each divinely discerned were King Herod’s true evil intentions toward the Christ Child. Therefore, the Wise Men agreed to return to their country without telling King Herod of the Christ Child’s location. (And remember, early in that same two-year period, also with divine discernment, Mary and Joseph with the Christ Child baby Jesus wisely left King Herod’s territory and moved to safety in Egypt.)

When King Herod realized what the Wise Men had done, it infuriated him. In his position of authority as King, in a lethal attack to eliminate any challenge to his governing authority as King, King Herod ordered all the babies two years of age and younger in the territory to be put to death. This begs the question of authority. What am I saying? Think about it. From his position of authority as King, were these baby deaths justified killing or unjustified murder?

C. S. Lewis, in his book Mere Christianity, speaks extensively about the objective moral law. Paraphrasing, Lewis says that there are two things about the objective moral law that everyone knows. First, in their conscience, everyone knows that the objective moral law exists. And second, everyone knows that we have all broken it. Lewis goes on to say that the objective moral law is the only one that can be disobeyed. We cannot disobey other laws of nature, such as math and gravity. We must live within their boundaries, their jurisdictions.

In other words, the position of authority is not the problem. The problem is the person(s) in the position of authority exercising their authority unjustly. In the objective moral law, the right to life is given by our Creator from His sovereign position of authority. We are endowed by Him, our Creator, with the right to life. When mankind, through their subjective position of authority, overrule, disobey the objective moral law position of authority of its originator, Creator, God, then the government’s laws are unjust. The objective moral law makes it conscientiously authoritatively clear that the right to life does not originate from the government. Therefore, the government has no just authority to overrule the right to life. Bringing death to the right to life of the unborn is murder.

In the Ten Commandments, what is often translated by mankind and quoted as “Thou Shall Not Kill” is in the original language “Though Shall Not Murder.”

Be like the Wise Men. Not like the unwise King Herod. The consequences are temporal and eternal.

Submitted by Dr. Don Bebee, Lubbock, TX, donbebee.com

 

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