Christmas is filled with longing. Longing for time with friends and family. Longing for nostalgic traditions. And of course, for many, longing for presents under the tree. But for the Christian, there is an even deeper longing felt at Christmas time. As we celebrate the advent of our Savior, we keenly anticipate His second coming. But as we await Christ’s return, we and other faithful Christians are “redeeming the time, because the days are evil” (Ephesians 5:16). All around us, we see our nation in rebellion, hear the collective groans of Creation, and ask with the psalmist, “Lord, how long?”

As our team gathered on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court on December 1st to hear the oral arguments of the Dobbs case, we were standing on frontlines of the ultimate human battle between good and evil. The atmosphere was charged with emotions as the future of Roe v. Wade hangs in the balance. Making up only 25% of the crowd, pro-abortion activists chanted their crazy abortion songs and openly mocked us as they popped fake abortion pills for everyone to see. You could feel the spiritual warfare. Children were conspicuously absent from the pro-abortion rights side of the crowd, while the vast pro-life crowd contained a variety of families, students, and children.

This contrast between the pro-choice and pro-life crowds leads to an important distinction:

Christmas is about preparing for the birth of child.

But abortion is about preparing for the death of a child.

This is why abortion is anti-Christmas.

Consider if Mary had lived in today’s “pro-choice” world. It is frightening to imagine the pressure Mary would have experienced to abort the Son of God. Jesus himself was also “unexpected” and came from an unplanned pregnancy. But as a faithful servant, Mary trusted God and Jesus was born. Our Savior was once a helpless baby in the womb, a womb that has now become a place of violence and death. We have life because this child was born.

But as we consider the Christmas question, “what child is this?” during this advent season, we should also ask the question, “what children are these?” What children are these who are being aborted daily? Yes, many of these children are unexpected and unwanted, yet these children are precious image bearers of God. The Dobbs case has the opportunity to end abortion as a federal constitutional right and save millions of these children in the womb.

Hope came into this world in the form of a helpless baby, and as Christians, we must continue to fight for these helpless children.

The abortion industry is not just anti-life and anti-family.  It is also anti-Christmas.

May your family enjoy the blessings of Christmas as we celebrate the birth of our risen Savior.





John Stemberger


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