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Editor: Verse three of the Christmas carol “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day” says: “And in despair I bowed my head, ‘There is no peace on earth’, I said, ‘For hate is strong and mocks the song of peace on earth, good will to men’.”
If those words were ever applicable, it is today. Our country is unraveling at the seams, and the future seems bleak.
We continue to slaughter unborn babies by the millions. Marriage has been redefined to what God never intended it to be. Gender is no longer based on how a person was created by God, but is now chosen by each individual from a multitude of options. Sexual morals are all but gone.
Social media technology has given a platform for people to spew hate and perpetrate all sorts of evil. This same technology has created an isolated, lonely, angry, and addicted generation. Our country’s founding principles are being eroded by those who call themselves progressive socialists. Our government is no longer of the people, by the people, and for the people, but is for power hungry politicians who are out for themselves and their warped agendas.
Marijuana is now legal in many states. And Jesus is no longer wanted in many parts of our culture. Indeed, the words of that carol describe present day America. However, at Christmas 2018 we do not despair. Because as verse four of the carol says: “Yet pealed the bells more loud and deep: ‘God is not dead, nor does He sleep; the wrong shall fail, the right prevail, with peace on earth, good will to men’.”
The hope and truth of Christmas rings true, and can never be silenced. Jesus Christ is Immanuel, God with us, and has come to redeem mankind from the darkness of sin. He is alive and reigns, and, in the end, will make all things right. Our hope rests solely in Him. This Christmas, even though things look dark, remember, the Light of the World has come, He is present with us now, and will soon come again. And this is a glorious reason to celebrate! PASTOR FRANK NOLTON New Hope Community Church