Prince of Peace
By Brian Whitmore
“For a child is born to us,
a son is given to us.
The government will rest on his shoulders.
And he will be called:
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” – Isaiah 9:6
Prince of Peace.
Peace. Noun. 1. Freedom from disturbance; quiet and tranquility. 2. Freedom from or the cessation of war or violence.
I don’t know about you, but that’s what I want. Problem is, peace is hard to find in this world. We’re an angry society, always looking for the next issue to be mad about.
We can’t seem to agree on anything, politics divides us.
Look no further than this opinion page. This page is included in the newspaper so people can express opinions. Everybody’s got one.
We have this space for the editorial, the paper’s opinion. We have column space for the opinion of columnists and letter space for the opinion of our readers.
Problem is in our volatile society, people don’t just disagree with an opinion — they get tempestuous (fancy way of saying they blow a gasket).
We can’t discuss things anymore. There is no give and take. We would rather argue than come together and make peace.
I actually can see a time in the future when the opinion page is removed from newspapers, just because people can’t handle it. That’s sad.
But to be fair, sometimes the opinions on our opinion pages do more to poke the bear on the other side than lead to any meaningful dialog or change. That’s sad.
“But there is no peace for the wicked,”
says the Lord. – Isaiah 48:22
Here’s the truth. We’re all wicked. Even the best person among us with the best intentions, is a sinner and the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23)
“But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.” – Romans 5:8
That’s why Jesus was born — to die for us. God loves us so much, He sent His only Son so that we may know peace through the Prince of Peace.
“And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:7
This Christmas, I hope you will accept God’s gift of peace. I hope you will admit you're a sinner, believe that Jesus Christ makes atonement for your sin through His death on the cross and make our resurrected Savior the Lord of your life. Know that even in this storm of life, we can find peace in Him.
Brian Whitmore, Publisher