Christmas…Peace or War?

One of the most famous quotes from American History is by writer Thomas Paine, from his pamphlet Common Sense, when he said, “These are the times that try men’s souls.”

Yet it was not that line which historians attribute most for the courage to start the American Revolution, it was the following, also from the same pamphlet;

“The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value.”

As my family and I were sharing gifts on Christmas Eve, it was impossible not to think of our New England neighbors in Newtown, who really aren’t celebrating Christmas this year.

They have too much sadness to call this a holiday season.

And, like how most families feel about their young, they’ve lost something very valuable and dear to them.

Where does wickedness this diabolical come from?

Like America, Evil has a history too.

Millions of years ago, through jealousy, Satan tried to make himself equal to God.

The most blinding of all lights is that which we shine on ourselves.

In defiance and self-love, the Devil tried to overcome his Omniscient Creator.

And, like the “Shot Heard Round the World,” in Lexington and Concord, which began the American Revolution, a War between Good and Evil began when Satan first fought with God.

Our Creator’s ultimate remedy for this war, which eventually entangled mankind, was Himself, through the person of Jesus, sent to die for all men who rebelled against God.

When John the Baptist was first asked about Christ, he said this in John 1;

John testified to him and cried out, saying,
“This was he of whom I said,
‘The one who is coming after me ranks ahead of me
because he existed before me.'”

The word “rank” is a military term, denoting an order of leadership and power in an army.

Christ battled His way through His ministry and crucifixion.

His Words were His weapons and He is the General who did not fail.

The Sword all of us must take up, to overcome the tyranny of Evil which continues to try men’s souls, is that same Word.

Though invisible, similar to many other great things one cannot see, like wind and electricity, God’s Word has unlimited power.

Those of us with the strength, must raise our Spiritual Swords to defend those too weak to defend themselves, like the children of Newtown, killed indirectly by an Evil General who outranked his foot soldier.

Even so, Truth will eventually defeat Evil.

It is so powerful that even the things we’ve lost, so dear to us, shall some day be returned.

We are God’s army.

Holiness is our way of life.

Victory is our promise.

Do not rest.



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