The angels appeared to shepherds and declared, “Peace on earth, goodwill to men.” Wouldn’t we like that today? Peace on earth, goodwill between men.
The world is alive with violence. Murder, torture, rape. Gangs, soldiers, cops. Men, women, children. All can either be victims or perpetrators.
Jesus came that we might have life and life more abundantly. Not the kind of life we hear about on the nightly news or view on the internet. He came to give us a life of peace and joy, and to show us a better way.
By ignoring the babe in a manger, by letting the world take dominance in our wants and desires, our effectiveness as witnesses diminishes; and the hate and violence of our enemy increases. It is only when we reflect Christ, when we reach out to others in love that people see Jesus–and in seeing him, come to him. It is how real change is effected.