BY RAY MILLER - DOCTOR OF MINISTRY
God chose a chaotic time for Christ to be born. His parents became refugees to Egypt to escape the murderous power of the king. They stayed there several years until on angel gave them permission to leave. They went to Nazareth because they thought it would be a place of sanctuary.
About the age of 30, he left to begin his ministry, passing many crosses along the way (of those put to death on crosses). This was the road to Jerusalem; a testimony of the dangers he faced.
Ben Howe writes of similar conditions in our time. A United Nations' report recently stated that, in the world, we have massive separation of children and infants from their mothers. Our Congress voted not to use U.S. equipment to bomb women and children in Yemen, but it was vetoed. Howe's title tells the dilemma: "The Immoral Majority, Why Evangelicals Chose Political Power Over Christian Values."
The daily news tells about refugees being held in jail-like condition — not much Christian mercy.
We sing songs of peace and hope especially at Christmas. In the Sonoran desert of Arizona and California, many are put in jail for providing food and water aid. We pray for divine intervention. Blessed are those who take the risk. The Hopi Indian population there has a prophesy about a black snake coming to change things. They are a peaceful nation.
Blessed are the peacemakers. Bless the Prince of Peace.