Day 7 – Infamy  
 
Infamy is not a common word in my vocabulary.  It is defined as “the state of being well known for some bad quality or deed.”  I know the word from the famous speech by President Franklin Roosevelt in response to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.  On the day following that attack FDR addressed a joint session of congress with the words: “Yesterday, December 7, 1941, a date which will live in infamy—the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.” Today, on December 7, I choose to use this unique word.  
 
Infamy.  It could be applied to a character in the nativity story, Herod the Great.   Herod was a brutal man who killed his father-in-law, several of his ten wives, and two of his sons. He ignored the laws of God to suit himself and chose the favor of Rome over his own people. Herod’s heavy taxes to pay for lavish projects forced an unfair burden on the Jewish citizens. And, as Matthew records, to short circuit any future King usurping his power, Herod ordered the killing of all the male children, two and under, in Bethlehem (Matthew 2).  
 
Infamy. Our 21st century doesn’t have anything on the previous centuries when it comes to infamy.  There has been, is and will be those who stand out because of their bad qualities or deeds.  Thus, we turn to the one who overcomes the infamy of our world.  “In him [Jesus, the Word] was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”  John 1:4-5.  
 
Light over darkness.
 
Good over evil.
 
Christ over all.
 
We follow the one who is King of Kings.  We follow the Light of the world. 
 

Do you become discouraged by  the presence of evil people and their evil deeds?   Do you get frustrated because infamy seems on the increase and goodness on the decline?   Remember the one we follow.  He is the light that shines no matter the infamy of the darkness.