By John M. Williams
I love Christmas! I love the message that the Prince of Peace was born nearly 2,000 years ago and has left a lasting universal impression of peace among all nations.
I love listening to Silent Night, The Little Drummer Boy, Joy to the World, O Come All Ye Faithful, White Christmas, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, What Child Is This?, O Little Town of Bethlehem, The First Noel and Angels We Have Heard on High. These are moving spiritual songs that praise God and the birth of Jesus Christ, an individual whose life changed the world.
History records that in three years, Christ performed many, many miracles. He made the blind see, the non-vocal speak, the lame walk, the lepers cleansed, the hungry fed, the sick and the naked clothed. He taught us to love one another and not to hate. His story of the Good Samaritan resonates worldwide on how we should treat everyone in need. There wasnâ€™t a particle of hatred in him. There wasnâ€™t a gram of greed in him. He asked us to follow his way. It is a message we need to heed.
Today, as we celebrate his birth, the world is in need of his influence more than ever. Greed, corruption, hatred and bellicose dominate todayâ€™s news headlines. The income disparity between rich and poor widens by the score annually. This income disparity is aided by politicians whose mission is to expand the wealth of individuals through government policy while simultaneously using or creating government policy to crush the middle class and poor. Where is the Christianity that politicians and the wealthy proclaim they follow?
Unfortunately, the world still has not learned to live without war. There’s the Iraq War, and the South Ossetia conflict between Georgia and Russia, and there’s the war in Afghanistan, the Tibetans are trying to revolt, the Sudanese are committing genocide and Mexico has its drug wars. There is a world war to combat terrorism. All wars are destructive. With the firepower on the market today, what sane individual would start a war? The world needs a true Prince of Peace who can persuade warriors to become peace makers. President Barack Obama is a peace maker. Pope Benedict XVI is a peacemaker. Bishop Desmond Tutu is a peacemaker. Nelson Mandela is a peacemaker. The late Pope John Paul II was a peacemaker. These individuals have the moral authority needed to be peace makers. The world should listen to them. They are followers of the Prince of Peace. They know that peace brings prosperity and progress.
I am not here to defend the Christian belief that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. I leave that task to theologians and other Christians.
The world celebrates Christ Mass on December 25. We need to carry his message of love and peace in everything we do. Christ message of loving your fellow human beings changed the world for the better. His message is reinforced annually when we celebrate Christmas. We need to brand ourselves with his message, so we can continue making the world a better place to live.
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