13 When the magi had departed, an angel from the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Get up. Take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod will soon search for the child in order to kill him.” 14 Joseph got up and, during the night, took the child and his mother to Egypt. 15 He stayed there until Herod died. This fulfilled what the Lord had spoken through the prophet: I have called my son out of Egypt. 16 When Herod knew the magi had fooled him, he grew very angry. He sent soldiers to kill all the children in Bethlehem and in all the surrounding territory who were two years old and younger, according to the time that he had learned from the magi. 17 This fulfilled the word spoken through Jeremiah the prophet: 18 A voice was heard in Ramah, weeping and much grieving. Rachel weeping for her children, and she did not want to be comforted, because they were no more. (Matthew 2:13-18, CEB)
Herod fooled by the visitors tried to eliminate Jesus by killing every male child that would fit into the age range of when the visitors came and asked for the king born in Bethlehem. Herod was so hung up on power he was willing to slaughter innocent children to make sure he stayed in power.
And we think about that and say how terrible when we really do the same thing. We do whatever we need to to keep the status quo. We will hold people down and not allow for rights to keep the way we have known life. We need to give up the power we think we have and fight for the innocent.
Unless we are actively working to change the status quo we are not upholding the down trodden.
Don’t be Herod. Live knowing that everything is in God’s hands.
Loving People. Loving God.