Today is Slaughter of the Innocents, a day were the Kingdom of Man and the Kingdom of God collide in bloody starkness. I can't imagine the horror those families must have experienced as Government soldiers came in and yanked those young boys from the desperate arms of their screaming parents. How many mothers and fathers also died defending their babies? How many families were shattered by this evil?
In those days it was not so very uncommon for politics to be practiced that way. Romans did it in Gaul, the Hebrews did it in Canaan, Herod did it in Bethlehem, the Khmer Rouge did it in Cambodia, Stalin, Hitler the list goes on throughout history. Destroy anyone that can fight back now or in the future and you get peace for your Kingdom or Empire. This is the Kingdom of man, not the God's Kingdom. Mark Van Steenwyk has an interesting discussion of the contrast between the two kingdoms in his post Revealing the Un-Kingdom of God.
I wonder, is there a way that we can live into God's Kingdom as opposed to the kingdom of Man?
We remember today, O God, the slaughter of the holy innocents of Bethlehem by King Herod. Receive, we pray, into the arms of Your mercy all innocent victims; and by Your great might frustrate the designs of evil tyrants and establish Your rule of justice, love, and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord, Who lives and reigns with You, in the unity of the Holy Spirit,, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.