Thursday, December 20, 2007

Peace on earth, goodwill toward men

Perhaps at no other time than Christmas are the horrors of war and man's inhumanity to man more disturbing. At the time when Christians celebrate the coming of the Prince of Peace, the presence of war and violence on this Earth is starkly out of place.

Therefore, renounce war and proclaim peace, and seek diligently to turn the hearts of the children to their fathers, and the hearts of the fathers to the children;
Doctrine and Covenants 98:16

One of the messages of the Gospel of Peace is...peace, not war. Of course there is room for a defensive war, to defend country, family, religion, but the great majority of bloodshed over the 20th and young 21st centuries does not meet this standard.

Instead of calling for more violence, expanded surges, new wars, larger detainment camps and a greater military, this Christmas season let us pray for real peace on earth.

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