There are two connotations to the word “silence”, and they are completely opposite each other. Silence can cause anxiety and fear. Horror movies often use this to their advantage. Often times it’s when the music stops, and there is complete silence that something is about to make you jump, and the silence of the scene adds to that effect. Silence can connote sneaky operations. When a person or group is up to no good, they aren’t loud about it. Seal Team 6 killed Bin Laden and didn’t announce their arrival before hand. The often used phrase, “silence is not good when you have a two year old” fits this description. Silence can be petrifying.
However, in a different context, silence connotes peace. Silence can imply a lack of chaos, a lack of turmoil. It can mean the absence of stress, like laying in the bed of a truck under the stars, or sleeping on the beach. You know what they say, “Silence is bliss.”
The song Silent Night is all about the latter. This is known because of the context of the song. The night in view is characterized as silent, because that night, in a world of noise, in a world of cries, in a world of chaos and turmoil, Peace itself was born. There is no true peace, no true shalom, outside of Jesus (Romans 5:1). He is everlasting peace, and of His peace and governance there shall be no end
Christians find themselves in an era of blasphemy, we are still among the noise. The newest act of divine rebellion against the God who will not be mocked comes in the form of a televised abortion scene.
During a television show called Scandal, an abortion was not only portrayed, and the pretend murder of a child was not only celebrated, but all of this was portrayed with the song Silent Night humming behind it.
That’s blasphemy. It’s something I wouldn’t want to stand before God giving an account for.
However, I doubt the writers of this scene realize the hope they accidentally smuggled in. Christ came into the world to take away sins. Killing children is sinful, and that’s exactly what Christ came for. That, and a whole lot of other things, of which I am guilty of.
Silent Night is a beautiful celebration of the birth of the Christ. The Messiah was born. And what did He come to do? Well, many things technically. John’s Gospel gives us many different ways of answering that question. Jesus came to “testify to the truth”(John 18: 37). He came to do “the will of the Father” (John 6:38). But, specifically, and the first thing John tells us He came into the world for was to take away the sins of the world.
The next day [John the Baptist] saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! – John 1:29
Jesus came to take away the sins of the world, the sins of His people (1 John 3:5), and one of the most heinous ones being abortion. Abortion is wicked. And outside of Christ, it will be judged by Christ justly. However, all those who have had abortions have a hope; they can be forgiven. They can be set free and washed clean. God’s grace abounds more than the sin of child-murder. His ocean of grace is that deep. There is hope for writers and directors who celebrate abortion, for abortion doctors, for “pro-choice” voters, for women who have had an abortion, for boyfriends and husbands and fiancees who have pressured women into abortions, and for those who work for abortion providing organizations. The reason they have hope for their sins is because of that night, over 2000 years ago, when the promised Messiah was born.
Let Silent Night ring behind every abortion. Let the triumphant melody of the incarnate King, who is now the resurrected King, remind us that there is forgiveness for abortion upon repentance and faith in that once baby boy, who was and is now Sovereign King over all of creation.
Be bold in abortion ministry. Be reminded that the greatest weapon against abortion is the message of the cross. The Gospel is what will save this country from abortion, in every sense of that phrase.
Isaiah 9: 6-7:
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this.