2012 witnessed mass murders in theaters, malls and schools. Terrorism threatens all over the world as nation rises against nation. Can peace be achieved on this troubled planet? Not on this earth.
Pope Benedict echoed the words of the angel during his Christmas speech, “Peace on earth, good will towards men” calling for peace in the Middle East. Yet, the conflict between Israel and Syria increases as Bashar al-Assad continues to murder his own people. Some predict it could evolve into World War III.
This past year brought radical protestors and rioters all over the restless globe, from Egypt to Moscow, England to Yemen. President Obama may have claimed to end the war in Iraq only to send more troops to Afghanistan. Tensions clash and wars continue with rumors of more war on the horizon as Iran continues its quest for nuclear weapons. Men’s hearts are failing them from fear. Where will it end?
Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan told Syria to“beware the wrath of Turkey” after the shooting down of a Turkish warplane in June to which Syria boasted it had already killed several “terrorists” infiltrating from Turkey.
New Egyptian President Morsi announced a decree on Thanksgiving Day banning challenges to any of his decrees, laws and decisions. Over half of Egyptian people have called him the new Pharaoh and vowed a renewed revolution.
President Vladimir Putin announced the creation of a Eurasian Union in his December 17th address to the nation as the principal task of his Russian foreign policy, thereby increasing the power of the Russian bear.
“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 toward men,” said Henry Wadsworth Longfellow in 1864. “A Merry Christmas? Not for me,” he said. “Maybe someday God will grant me peace.”
The truth is, as tensions tighten between people and fear escalates, there will never be peace. Governments will continue to increase as our freedoms decrease. There may never be peace between nations, for real peace does not come from a piece of paper. Peace cannot be found outside oneself; it must come from within. It must come from a heart settled in the knowledge of a savior, of hope for a new tomorrow. Though I cannot possibly know what tomorrow holds, I can know and trust someone who does: the Prince of Peace. His government and its peace will never end. He will rule with fairness and justice – someday. My heart can be at rest no matter what happens in the world for I know who has ultimate control, and he can be trusted to hold my tomorrows.
“Then pealed the bells more loud and deep: God is not dead, nor doth he sleep; the wrong shall fail, the right prevail, With peace on earth, good will to men.” In the midst of a world in turmoil, ultimately the wrong will fail and the right will prevail. A new tomorrow is coming, and I’m waiting expectantly.