Friday, December 24, 2004

Peace on Earth

So I must admit: I've become a little jaded with modern mainstream Christianity. The massive churches that dot my hometown and the blatantly regressive views spouted by many of the people that devoutly come in and out of them is pretty discouraging.

On top of all that, the annual Christmas display of uncorked capitalism is at times stifling. The reason for the season does seem lost amongst shopping lists, stocking stuffers, and holiday decorations.

Given that, imagine my surprise last night upon seeing a beautiful Christmas display at a local greenhouse. There was your typical Santa and his sleigh, a tree, and even the now not-uncommon "Merry Christmas Ya'll" sign, but something else really grabbed me. Lit up brightly in the middle of the scene was this simple message: "Peace on Earth."

With war raging in numerous countries - not to mention actual genocide in Darfur - this brilliant sign was a spark of great hope for me. Buried within this modern Christmas scene was a nugget of what it truly is all about - listening to what Jesus actually had to say, and believing in it enough to actually do something about it. Amongst the hustle and bustle of the season, we should all reflect on that. Peace on Earth, goodwill towards men. Now that's a Christmas decoration I wouldn't mind seeing up all year round.


At 11:46 AM, Blogger DLW said...

Too bad there can't be a "Let there be" on top of it, aye?



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