Politically correct holiday peace

Posted: December 9, 2010 in Christmas, Holidays, The Bible

There is much to be said about the neutral non-offensive Christmas –I mean… “Holiday” messages and wishes. Everything about the Christian Christmas is getting so diluted and blurred that it makes you wonder how long it will take to completely disappear the way we know it.

One of many that came to mind is the concept of wishing “peace”. Peace is is something that everyone wants and longs for; every religion, every race, every culture… Everybody wants peace. -you may even wonder if i was ‘put’ in our hearts intentionally by someone…

If you do a Google search or look up the dictionary, you will find that peace is defined as the absence of conflict.  Not only the absence of wars but, in a more personal level, a quietness and tranquility in our heart. The absence of conflict in our hearts. Searching through books and watching TV shows, we find people telling us that the key to having peace is to have a “positive attitude“… which pretty much comes down to ignoring the problems or just denying them; “out of sight-out of mind”.

However, what does this ‘positive mind’ leads to ‘absence of conflict’ have to do with the Christian reason for Christmas?

Nothing and everything!!

The Christian Christmas has nothing to do with peace in the sense of ‘positive mind’ or ‘positive wishes’ leading to ‘absence of conflict’. It may make a nice and even politically correct holiday card but it is transcendently meaningless; it is as meaningless as expecting full healing from cancer upon the magical and simple words: “get better”. – you need, instead, to understand the illness at its root and how to treat it.

That is what the Christian Christmas does have to do with peace. It addresses the true “conflict” to which we need peace for. As in every transcendental question related to the human being, the manual of instructions given by the creator sheds a light into the issue.

The Bible reads in James chapter 4:

“Where do wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members? ,,,Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. … “The Spirit who dwells in us yearns jealously””

The strife we see in the world today comes from an internal strife we all have to deal with. When God created men there was a perfect relationship between both. This changed when Adam changed and sin broke that relationship. Whether by the sin from Adam, embedded in our genes and bodies since we were born, or by our own sin of everyday, either way we have lost the right standing with a perfect and Holy God.  This is what the law points at. In His righteousness, God gave the law to men  to demonstrate that we are sinners in need of a savior; the Book of Romans says that we have all fallen short form the Glory of God and that there is no one just, not one.

This is what the Bible calls “the enmity” between God and men. The separation of men from God due to sin; this is ultimate conflict, the ultimate source of lack of peace

However, Jesus gave a solution to the problem. He paid the price so that our relationship with God could be restored into fellowship –and it started at the first Christmas.

Colossians 1:20 reads: “and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross.”

And Ephesians 2:15 reads: “having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace,

Also, Ephesians 2:14 reads: “For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation“,

Finaly, Romans 5:1 reads: “Therefore, having been justified by faithwe have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,”

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