Christmas Carols of the Past
Listing to Pandora today I was amazed at the references to LORD, JESUS, GOD, and the what Jesus brings. One name for Christ in the book of Isaiah is Prince of Peace. Imagine the fearful shepherds in the presence of God’s angel. The angel is quick saying don’t fear. God”s peace is not the cessation of war but a restored relationship between two people–God and man. Many translate the pronouncement of the angel as “good will to all men.” The Greek says “peace to men on whom his favor rests.” (NIV Zondervan 1984) Peace comes to those whom his favor rests because our relationship is restored by Jesus Christ.
Peace during a contentious political season seems impossible. People harming others in the name of their political candidate. The name-calling, throwing of eggs, and physical contact reminds how far mankind has fallen. Even computer programs have come to make judgments. (My grammar program just showed me somewhere in the course of this discussion I have said something politically incorrect or offensive language.)
Christmas Carols of Today
In our culture speaking about Jesus, using his name, praying, worshipping, and acts done in the name of Christ is dangerous. The offensive, myopic, narrow-minded, or homophobic speech will not be tolerated, even though their speech is offensive. It has even affected the music sung by children in schools, malls, and other public venues. Adults feed the message we must be inclusive and so our Christian gospel judges people instead of bringing them together. So malls and other public places restrict the singing by choirs to secular music during the Christmas season. The music overhead no longer includes such songs as “God rest ye merry gentlemen”. If you ever hear the song by Gene Autry “Here Come Santa Claus”, he speaks about God, say your prayers, and peace on earth will come to all if we just follow the Light.
Peace is removed from Christmas–the day we celebrate the birth of the Prince of Peace.
The world struggles for peace and but we have taken out the one who brings peace. We see hurting people with addictions; the insults of others; joblessness; and poverty. The Day has become a massive marketing event.and we call the day after Thanksgiving Black Friday as people madly rush the doors to get the best deals. Christmas day many are grateful it is over and they can begin their normal hectic routine.
From the Word of God:
If it is possible as far as it depends on you live at peace with everyone. Romans 12:18