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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

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