’Twas the night before Christmas when all through the house, not a creature was stirring not even a mouse;” And if you’re reading this, it is probably Christmas eve and as far as stirring, there is plenty of stirring that throbs like a headache to the pounding rhythms of this world’s fury. George Friderick Handel was aware of such fury when he incorporated the Scripture text of Psalm two into his magnificent work, The Messiah. “Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain, the kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against his Anointed, saying, let us burst their bonds apart and cast away their cords from us.” Psalm 2:1-3
There is a hymn that was often sung during my youth titled, “Onward Christian Soldiers.”
One of its phrases speaks of “marching as to war with the cross of Jesus going on before.” I never realized a war going on in any sense but then this was the 1950s, the zenith of religious affirmation in America.
I was reading an article this week which revealed that a particular Christian college was removing a 1957 plaque honoring Jim Elliot along with four other missionaries who had given their lives in the attempt to bring the gospel to the Huaorani people.