Afghan Babies and the War on Christmas

All joking aside, there is a real live war on Christmas being fought.

Afghanistan is just one example:

“After walking three days to the rural hospital, the pregnant woman had little time left. Her life and that of her unborn child’s was in danger. She has been in labor for five days. If she didn’t deliver the baby soon, both she and her baby would not survive.”

This has happened before:

“She was pregnant and cried out in pain as she was about to give birth.

The infant mortality rate in Afghanistan is insane:

“The dragon stood in front of the woman who was about to give birth, so that he might devour her child the moment it was born.”

“…a mother who had recently given birth returned due to heavy bleeding. She was diagnosed with a retained placenta. The OB/GYN staff doctor was unable to perform the procedure necessary to help the mother.” This war on Christmas-the real one-is fought not in boycotts, but in babies. But the dragon doesn’t win:

“And there was war in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. But he was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven.”

The dragon has lost. Jesus’ kingdom is here, and it is coming closer. “Without intervention from the CURE-trained doctors to remove the placenta, this mother would have died like so many other women do.” We still strive with the dragon’s works. But Jesus is King:

“Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say:
“Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God,
and the authority of his Christ.
For the accuser of our brothers,
who accuses them before our God day and night,
has been hurled down.”

These people-the ones set free from accusation by their Lord’s sacrifice-have won, and they act like it. The Baby survives, is rescued. His people wrap their lives around this rescue, and go on to rescue many babies too. Jesus was right: The gates of hell will not prevail against our confession of His Lordship:

“They overcame him
by the blood of the Lamb
and by the word of their testimony;
they did not love their lives so much
as to shrink from death.”

The Redeemed sing, and all Hell quakes in fear:

“Therefore rejoice, you heavens
and you who dwell in them!
But woe to the earth and the sea,
because the devil has gone down to you!”

The Dragon’s days are numbered, he has failed to kill the baby, and he is angry:

“He is filled with fury,
because he knows that his time is short.”

The dragon has always hated babies. And their mothers. “Obstructed labor is the leading cause of death for Afghan mothers.” Rachel weeps for her children, again and again:

“Then the dragon was enraged at the woman and went off to make war against the rest of her offspring—those who obey God’s commandments and hold to the testimony of Jesus.”

And here we are: the war rages on. The dragon seems strong, and we feel so weak. But it’s not the same fight it was. Christmas means that our accuser, your accuser, has been thrown down-and his words don’t matter anymore. His accusations, those arrows made of your sin and aimed at your heart, have pierced another’s heart instead:

“And they sang a new song:
“You are worthy to take the scroll
and to open its seals,
because you were slain,
and with your blood you purchased men for God
from every tribe and language and people and nation.”

“Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain”

And now you are free. Free to fight, because your guilt no longer defines you. Brave to fight, because the battle has already been decided. As my friend Kevin says, the beaches have been taken, the war is over-and now we’re just cleaning up.”They diagnosed obstructed labor and performed an emergency Caesarean section, an uncommon occurrence in Afghanistan.”

But not uncommon for citizens of this Kingdom. We defied Pharaoh, and Moses survived. We defied Herod, and Jesus lives. Some of us now are defying the dragon again, and Afghan babies are healed. We have seen the dragon try to destroy a baby before, and we have seen him fail.

There are many ways to say “No” to the dragon, many places to assert the Lordship of Jesus where once the dragon’s shadow held sway. Afghanistan is just one piece of ground. CURE International’s hospital there, where infants and their mothers are healed in the Name of Jesus, is just one outpost. There are many ways to live in the truth of this passage, and this may not be yours. But please, find the piece of ground you were made for, and stand on it in Jesus’ grace and authority. Your life will not make sense to many around you, but it will make sense to you when you see Jesus:

“He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon.”

Until then, stand, and may every tear that falls as you stand increase your hope in the day when He will wipe away all your tears.

“Even so, come, Lord Jesus.”

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