I Heard the Bells On Christmas Day

“How can we have peace on earth with such divisiveness in our society right now?”

I took some vacation time and sick leave last week as Influenza B struck the Williams’ household. Fortunately, it passed and we got to go to church this week. We sang several songs but, again, one really stuck with me after we finished. The song, which is the title for the article in my series on hymns, is “I Heard The Bells on Christmas Day” by Longfellow.

As he begins his poem/song, he gets serious and somber rather quickly.

I heard the bells on Christmas day

Their old familiar carols play,

And wild and sweet the words repeat

Of peace on earth, good will to men.

I thought after singing this song, “How can we have peace on earth with such divisiveness in our society right now?”

It’s a question that Longfellow asked in his day, and it is one that can be asked today. Everyone, it seems, is mad at someone for something. One need only stay up on the latest in politics or monitor social media to see this. Harassment is commonplace and it seems that civility is waning.

Why is this happening now? Logic is gone. We have the idea that schools do not need to teach this “boring” subject matter. What we need is to show supposed oppression in everything, and then we need to rebel. The idea of anarchy is gaining ground. I want to act how I want and speak about what I wish, and I want to be treated as an unquestioned authority.” Couple that with the fact that the Western World is starting to go along with Europe in the proclaiming of the idea of there being no God. If there is no God, then there is no absolute “right or wrong.”

The question that should be asked and talked about ad infinitum is “How then can we have a civil society without objective standards?” I am speaking of standards that are hard and fast and unbending, such as God’s commandments. Atheists on either the right or left on the political spectrum can’t make absolute right or wrong statements. With no God, you or I can determine what is right or wrong. If I am OK with theft, rape, murder, physical violence, drug use, etc, and I can get a majority of the population to agree, then it has to be OK. Hence, the line in the song:

In despair I bowed my head,

There is no peace on earth.

For hate is strong, and mocks the song

Peace on Earth, good will to men.

It says in the scriptures that in the last days men’s hearts will fail them and the love of many will wax cold. Why will this happen? Men and women are turning away from God. But we keep singing, and find the following buried in this old song.

God is not dead, nor doth He sleep,

The wrong shall fail, the right prevail.

With peace on earth, good will to men.

Contrary to all of the anti-Christian peoples and atheists, GOD is not dead. He is not sleeping, but operating at His chosen pace. God’s ways and timetables are not ours. He tells us all throughout the Bible: I will never leave you, nor forsake you. I am the Lord, and I do not change. The world, try as it might, can’t change this. Nor can it take it away from us. The bells will ring out in song and in churches across this nation to remind us what Christ’s birth means – redemption and peace to all men.

God is now with us. Christ will return. Justice will prevail at the end. Cheer up saints, the world is going to get worse, but our Lord is in control.

I hope you had a blessed Christmas and have a very merry New Year!!!

Grace & Peace to you in 2018,

 

 

 

 

 

 

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