Grief knows no color: Preaching peace on earth and goodwill toward men during a race war.
By Mario Murillo
Matthew 2: 16 Then Herod, when he saw that he was deceived by the wise men, was exceedingly angry; and he sent forth and put to death all the male children who were in Bethlehem and in all its districts, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had determined from the wise men. 17 Then was fulfilled what was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet, saying: 18 “A voice was heard in Ramah, Lamentation, weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, Refusing to be comforted, Because they are no more.”
Grief knows no color. Just ask the wives and mothers of those who have been slain. They do not care about politicians, race hustlers or racists. All they know is that someone irreplaceable has been ripped from them. All they feel is a grief that cannot be cried out our solaced by any human cure.
As surely as Herod ordered the death of baby boys in Bethlehem Satan has ordered the deaths of young black men and police officers in America. After he has done his dirty work the devil sits back and laughs at how we choose sides and ignore him altogether.
The best way, the fastest way and the only way to destroy America is set herself against herself in ravenous hate…hate that will eat us up alive, hate that will blind us to the one thing we should be doing right now.
Why is all of this happening near Christmas? To discredit its power and to seal our doom by cutting us off from the only hope we have.
Satan mocks Christmas! “Hate is strong and mocks the song of peace on earth, good will to men”. These words from the Christmas Carol “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day” is based on the 1863 poem “Christmas Bells” by American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. The song tells of the narrator’s despair, upon hearing Christmas bells that “hate is strong and mocks the song of peace on earth, good will to men”.
Hate starts by hating God. Hatred of God is essential for evil to prevail. We have elected leaders who hate God. We have exalted celebrities that hate God. Cultural elites tell us that those who believe in God are mentally inferior. We were ordered to leave God out of virtually everything. Our children cannot even mention Him in school!
So what has our national crusade to abolish God done for us? It takes courage to declare the truth. There is an unambiguous correlation between our misery and our lack of God. To the degree that we have moved away from Him is the exact degree that we have moved away from peace, joy and goodwill.
King Hezekiah had that courage! 2 Chronicles 29: 6 “For our fathers have trespassed and done evil in the eyes of the Lord our God; they have forsaken Him, have turned their faces away from the dwelling place of the Lord, and turned their backs on Him. 7 They have also shut up the doors of the vestibule, put out the lamps, and have not burned incense or offered burnt offerings in the holy place to the God of Israel. 8 Therefore the wrath of the Lord fell upon Judah and Jerusalem, and He has given them up to trouble, to desolation, and to jeering, as you see with your eyes. 9 For indeed, because of this our fathers have fallen by the sword; and our sons, our daughters, and our wives are in captivity.”
How can you miss the eerie comparison to America in those verses? WE ARE IN TROUBLE. WE ARE DESOLATE. WE ARE JEERED BY THE WORLD. OUR SONS AND FATHERS ARE BEING KILLED. OUR PEOPLE ARE TAKEN INTO CAPTIVITY TO DRUGS AND PERVERSION! OUR INHERITANCE IS BEING GIVEN TO STRANGERS.
Many ministers may feel that they are at a loss of words this Christmas. “I don’t know what to preach on in such a time of hatred, division and chaos.” How is that possible Pastor? How can you not know what to thunder from your pulpit this Christmas?
Stand before the people like King Hezekiah. Offer dynamic hope! Hezekiah said in verse 10, “Now it is in my heart to make a covenant with the Lord God of Israel, that His fierce wrath may turn away from us.” Lead your people into a covenant with God to save America!
If America repents of her sin and repudiates the God haters, God’s wrath will turn away from us. Do not be shy or vague and do not fear that man will reject you. You are not on this earth at this time to compromise or draw back.
Let every believer who reads this repent before God and seek His mercy. Truly judgment must begin at the house of God. I know that a shocking turn toward the better awaits us if we sincerely fall before God in unrestrained humility and confess our great sin to Him.
The days of murder in Bethlehem gave way to the voice of John the Baptist crying in the wilderness. This voice was then overshadowed by the golden words of Jesus of Nazareth who had the Holy Ghost without measure. He destroyed the works of Satan on all levels from poverty to disease to hatred.
To return to that work and to see that work repeated in our day must be the unrestrained passion of every minister and the hope of every believer. Our day of race baiters, God haters and Bible traitors can melt before national revival if God’s generals and soldiers return to their first love.
Will Satan win against the message of Peace on Earth and Goodwill toward men? The Christmas carol ended with these words:
“Then pealed the bells more loud and deep: “God is not dead, nor doth he sleep; The wrong shall fail, the right prevail, With peace on earth, good will to men.”