“Peace on earth, good will toward men,” these are the words of Christmas. Next week, the Christian world celebrates the gift of a savior whose promise was and is to bring peace on earth.
This celebration is one of hope, for across much of the world there is war, poverty and injustice, not peace, and mankind has yet to master the concept of good will. Christians believe that ultimately Christ, whose birthday this celebration honors, will return to create a world where peace and good will are universal. That God loves his people enough to send his son to save it and accomplish this is the great promise to the Christian world.