Some would suggest peace is not achievable but they are mistaken in this. To even consider that peace cannot be achieved is to give way to despair and resignation. It is in the name of Christ that the church seeks peace because, we believe, Jesus has shown all humanity that the way to true humanity is to put aside prejudice, hatred, greed, status, pride- the things that often lead to conflict. What is Russia’s present push for prominence in the world arena? Status and pride. What, for years, was the reason for prominence of the United States - status and greed. Britain ran an empire, not for the benevolence of the nation, it governed but for status, greed and pride. When the leaders of the nations follow the example of the One who truly understood what it means to lead others then the world will be a more peaceful place. Until that time comes the voice of Christianity (and that of the people of goodwill) will continue to proclaim as the angels did, “Peace on earth and goodwill to all”, because to do otherwise is to condemn millions around the world to unchecked cruelty, oppression and despair.
In the name of the Prince of Peace I wish you all a blessed and holy Christmas.