The news this week reminds us that violence is creeping closer to home and growing. Terrorism is no longer just a Middle East problem or a developing third world problem. It’s an American reality. This past Wednesday a terror attack killed 14 people in San Bernardino, California. Last weekend a gunman murdered three people at a clinic in Colorado Springs. Acts of violence are so common in our country that we’ve lost count. Churches are not exempt. Back on June 17th a man shot and killed, in cold blood, nine peaceful people gathered for a Bible study at a church in Charleston, South Carolina, church.
The news media is overrun with stories about violence. Politicians are pointing fingers at one another. Experts are waxing eloquent as the evil escalates. Meanwhile, it’s Christmas season again whether we’re ready or not. Perhaps we’re not as ready as we’d like to be.
The angels proclaimed “peace on earth” when Jesus was born in Bethlehem 2,000 years ago (Luke 2:14). Jesus promised to leave peace with his followers just before he died (John 14:27). The Savior’s life is sandwiched with promises of peace at his birth and death. But where is it? Peace is missing and the world can’t seem to find it. We’ll talk about peace on earth this month at New Life Church.