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The news shows and magazines are all doing their year-end reviews, looking over the storylines and headlines of the past 12 months. While there are a few bright spots, there is mostly tragedy, war, poverty, abuse, addiction, hate, hunger, greed, protests, sorrow and hopelessness. It’s as if the world has forgotten the greeting of the angel: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men” (Luke 2:14). Where is this “peace on earth?” Where is this “goodwill?”
I believe the answer to these questions, in fact to answer to all our questions about the state of the world can be answered in the first words of this verse: “Glory to God in the highest.” When we fail to give God the glory He deserves, we are plunged into darkness and our own human depravity takes over. But if we glorify God, we can see and receive the Light of Life and our hearts are made right. We do not declare His glory to feed His ego, we do so to redirect and refocus our own minds and hearts on the reason for our existence – to love God and receive His love. There will never be real peace on earth until there is peace between God and man. That is why we just celebrated Christmas, because God made peace possible when He sent His Son to earth.
My friends, always pray for peace on earth, but remember that the true hope of peace is not through a political process or humanitarian effort or positive thinking. It is only found in a relationship with God through Jesus Christ – one person at a time, one life at a time, one heart at a time.