Bring Crosby’s “Merrie Old Christmas” aired on November 30, 1977 in the United States and December 24th in the United Kingdom, shortly after Bing Crosby died at the age of 74.
A song written specially for that production was performed as Mr. Crosby sang with David Bowie, “Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy.”
As Crosby sings the classic Christmas tune “The Little Drummer Boy” with its marching cadence, a haunting lyric is sung by David Bowie asking, “Peace on Earth, Can it be?”
Therein lies a paradox, can peace be found as the drums of war sound?
Christmas has become the focus of many a paradox as the years go on. In the birth of a child to a young couple long ago, many find reason to run over their neighbor at the local mall. In the gift of God’s Son to humanity, humanity gives itself the excuse to revel in things that distract from the purpose of the celebration.
The Christmas Season becomes a concentrated picture of the state of mankind. Focused on ourselves, we forget the eternal story of a gracious God, answering the greatest need in the history of humanity. God’s love is often spurned in pursuit of things that, in the end, destroy the very peace we are so desperate for. In pursuit of pleasure we sacrifice the peace of soul we desire at the deepest level.
My sincerest hope is that you may see a peace, established “before the foundation of the world,” flood your soul and cause you to “rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory!”
Can you imagine a nation filled with people at peace with God? A nation where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive and life is cherished? That is what drives me to place my life into starting the Family Policy Alliance here in Wyoming.
I was reminded of a statement C.S. Lewis wrote as I listened to Mr. Bowie sing of “seeing a day when men of good will live in peace again.” C.S. Lewis once wrote, “The real peacemaker is he who promotes peace, not he who gasses about it.”
Let us prove ourselves by our actions and stand for the truth that promotes eternal peace.
Director of Advocacy – Wyoming