John Lennon was born October 9, 1940. He would have been 75 years old this year. He wrote the famous Christmas song, “So this is Christmas”. The song is poignant in its’ simple message pleading for world peace.
” And so this is Christmas
For weak and for strong
For rich and the poor ones
The world is so wrong
And so happy Christmas
For black and for white
For yellow and red ones
Let’s stop all the fight”
The last verse of the song is, “War is over if you want it, War is over Now”
The other night I watched a presidential debate where it appeared that the contenders were trying to “out tough” their colleagues and prove who was the baddest among them and how eager they were to commit thousands of men and women to battle. One presidential hopeful stated that, “He would carpet bomb the enemy and see if the surrounding ground would glow.”
I recently re-read what is considered the author Arthur C. Clarke’s masterpiece, “Childhoods End” where he tells of Aliens intervening in the affairs of men and, at least in part, bringing peace and a ceasing of all of the tribal and petty squabbles of humanity.
Christians believe that the advent of the Christ child was to bring peace to the suffering family of man.
Is the answer further bloodshed in what many religions believe is their god ordained righteous cause?
Two thousand years ago a homeless middle eastern couple were seeking shelter for the night…as she was “great with child.”
Is it to late to realize that if you believe that a higher power created humanity…was that higher power so small that it deems only a small segment of its’ creation worthy of life? Could there really be no more war?