The headlines of the week loudly proclaim the schizophrenic world we live in:
Washington State celebrated tolerance as same sex couples were allowed to be married and marijuana was legalized. While couples lined up outside Seattle’s City Hall to obtain a marriage license, others smoked pot beneath the Space Needle.
A few miles further south, an armed gunman walked into the Clackamas Town Center in Portland, OR, and started shooting. Were it not for his gun jamming, more people might have died.
On the other side of the country, a gunman walked into an elementary school in Connecticut and took the lives of several children.
On the other side of the world, the Ukrainian parliament meeting turned into a brawl while trying to elect a new speaker. The conflict reflected the divisions between the Russian-speaking West and the Ukrainian-speaking East.
Tolerance and violence. The right to do what I want and the right to bear arms. Morality legislated by popular opinion reflects an amoral world where individuals determine their own definitions of right and wrong.
We desperately need to hear the message of Christmas. It needs to be loudly proclaimed in a world that has stopped up their ears to the truth.
In Luke 2:10–14, we read the message announced to shepherds many years ago.
10 And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, 14 “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”
Our schizophrenic world desperately needs a savior. We desperately long for peace on earth. But we cannot have the latter without the former. There will be no peace on earth until there is peace between heaven and earth. There can be no reconciliation between individuals until God and man are reconciled. There can be no peace of mind until the peace of God reigns in our hearts. Until we acknowledge our sin and receive forgiveness from our savior, we cannot make peace with those who we feel wronged us.
The savior who was born in Bethlehem must be born in our hearts. Until this occurs, schizophrenia will remain unchecked.