He Came to Set the World to Right – An Advent Message Of Peace
“God of wonder, God of light
God is with us here tonight
Holy Savior in this manger
Come to set the world to right”
-Phil Wickham, Star of Wonder
Isn’t that what we all want? We want all things to be made new and for all the hurt and devastation we see in the world to make sense and for things to be made right.
When we live in a world of such chaos and so many hurting people, peace is hard to imagine or understand. I work on issues every day that boggle the imagination. Troubled teens who don’t feel like they fit anywhere. Parents who are struggling to connect with their kids and doing the best they can. Hurting, desperate women who don’t know where else to turn except to an abortionist. Doctors, other medical professionals, and educators who just want to help people but are stuck in the back-and-forth tug of the culture wars.
Yet peace is the promise that the child in the manger brings. He proclaims that one day and even now – He is bringing restoration to our relationship with God and with those around us. By overcoming sin – the thing that breaks our peace with God and others and that we in ourselves sometimes don’t have power over – He is bringing all things to peace.
That’s a beautiful truth that my meager brain cannot fully understand.
And the paradox of all of this is that He gives peace amidst the chaos as I continue to live in the middle of it all. The peace that He brings doesn’t look as the world thinks it should. Instead, it looks like living in accordance with the design of our Creator and living from a place that knows to whom we belong. From that place we can truly love God and our neighbor well.
From the world’s perspective, engaging the culture and doing the work of Family Policy Alliance of Kansas® definitely doesn’t look like peace. But neither did Christ’s birth in a manger or death on a cross, but through those sufferings He brought peace.
May we be agents of peace throughout this whole Christmas season and throughout this year as we work to bring peace on earth and good will to our fellow man.
Brittany Jones, Esq.
Director of Advocacy