By Tom Quiner
History turns on a dime tonight.
Jesus the Christ, which means the Anointed One, is born. After tonight, history is divided into two parts: before Christ and after Christ.
Newspaper columnist, Peter Hitchens (brother of the late Christopher Hitchens) said that the most dangerous idea and philosophy in human history…
“… remains the belief that Jesus Christ was the the son of God and rose from the dead. Because it alters the whole of human behavior and all our responsibilities. It turns the universe from a meaningless chaos into a designed place in which there is justice and there is hope and, therefore, we all have a duty to discover the nature of that justice and work towards that hope. It alters us all. If we reject it, it alters us all as well. It is incredibly dangerous., It’s why so many people turn against it.”
Mr. Hitchens made his remarks on an Australian television show. On the same show, a gay atheist, Dan Savage, disagreed. He said the most dangerous idea is population control, an idea with which he agrees. He joked that:
“… abortion should be mandatory for about thirty years because there’s too many [expletive] people on the planet.”
The always profane Mr. Savage represents a sizable group of people, including most of the Democratic Party, that believes human life is a disease that needs controlling, that human life is disposable, and that human abortion is necessary for the good of mankind.
They boldly pit their dangerous idea against that of Christ’s.
I pondered these two conflicting dangerous ideas this morning at a funeral for a little girl who died after living but two days. I looked at her tiny casket. Why are people crying, I wondered, if her life has no meaning? A whole political movement wouldn’t have thought twice about this little girl if her life had been taken by human abortion just three days earlier.
Our pastor quoted the great Psalmist, Psalm 139:13 to be exact:
” Even the darkness is not dark to You.
And the night is as bright as the day.
Darkness and light are alike to You.
For you formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb.
And my soul knows it very well.”
What a dangerous idea! God made us. He knew us before we were born, and our souls know it very well. In other words, our lives have rich meaning.
The nihilists on the left, like the Dan Savages of the world, are saying that human life is meaningless unless it is wanted.
The birth of Christ refutes that notion. Christ says that He made you. He walked this earth investing His lavish love on the unwanted ones. Whether despised tax collectors or poor widows, whether sick or healthy, he sought us out.
And He never turned His back on the sinners. In fact, He made it clear that He came to save us.
His idea is more than dangerous, it is toxic. Just ask Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty fame.
Tonight, our savior shall be born. Once again, he extends His little hand and asks us to take it.
Live dangerously, grab it! Hold Him close!
Don’t ever let go, and don’t look back!