The sentiment of “peace on Earth and goodwill toward men” is an annual phenomenon wherein all manners of selfishness are expected to take leave; typically occurring a few nights before Thanksgiving through the morning after New Years’ Eve. During which time concerns for the homeless and the hungry in this country increase 100 fold. (This is perhaps the one period during the year America’s crusade to feed Africa is put on hold.) Hunger is with us all year ’round. Yet we habitually address it as a Christmas wish. Nevermind supplying the hungry with poles and fishing lessons, when to remain relevant we offer each of them a fish.
For 5 weeks a year every upstanding well-to-do man, woman, and child puts pocket change in red kettles as they pass through doors, going into or coming out of department and grocery stores. They donate lots and lots of unwrapped toys for tots; for some misfortunate little girl or boy in need of a little Christmas joy. Every man, woman, and child sees to it that ridiculous amounts of halls are decked with holly, in hopes St. Nicolas overlooks a year’s worth of folly. Then there’s the holiday wish list. Ah, that wish list that wouldn’t be complete without the seasonal prayer for world peace via the Middle East. But is this really sincere charity for the have-nots or a hasty penance for the haves?
If it all be for penance then surely a prayer for peace is intended to mock God’s handling of world affairs; because if not receiving peace confirms that God doesn’t lose sleep over lost sheep, then who the heck else really cares? And if he did, care that is, He’d stop transgression and war, right? He’d do so right away, like, tonight. Consider this; when a violent storm comes to threaten your home certainly God can be called on to control it. But when something is stolen shouldn’t the request to return it be made to the person who stole it? Undoubtedly the evil men pray against is the evil committed by other men who prey. Thus world peace should be given to men by men. World peace given by God is a most impossible plan—for God to give the world peace He’d have to cleanse the world of man. (Which He nearly did before.) So maybe we pray for peace not to begin the journey ourselves, but rather to just wait and see. Does God exist? Will He do it? Just wait and see…
There’s a movie series called The Purge in which citizens of a futuristic America are given amnesty to break any law—even murder—during a 12-hour period, as incentive to be law-abiding the other 364 ½ days of the years. In the movie the annual Purge commences with the following announcement; “This is not a test. This is your Emergency Broadcast System announcing the commencement of the Annual Purge sanctioned by the U.S. Government. Weapons of class 4 and lower have been authorized for use during the Purge. All other weapons are restricted. Government officials of ranking 10 have been granted immunity from the Purge and shall not be harmed. Commencing at the siren, any and all crime, including murder, will be legal for 12 continuous hours. Police, fire, and emergency medical services will be unavailable until tomorrow morning at 7 a.m., when The Purge concludes. Blessed be our New Founding Fathers and America, a nation reborn. May God be with you all.” Ah, the evil that men do.
How about we do the opposite of The Purge. In 2015 I ask that you consider advocating for a monthly Peace Week; a 7-day period of goodwill and basic decency towards our fellow man, every month. But this would be a global affair. That’s right y’all, worldwide.
During this period no legal bad activities will be tolerated. All good deeds WILL go unpunished. Each neighborhood block party will be hosted by, wait for it… the local police department. During Peace Week healthcare would be 50% off. Yes, you heard me: 50% OFF! And perhaps most importantly all military forces must return to their home country during that week. If we are to respect the homes of others we must first remove ourselves from their homes.
Ok. In all seriousness, how ‘bout we start with a local Peace Week in our homes and neighborhoods for now. Then we’ll see if we can make it state wide by the end of the year.
Perhaps peace will begin on a playground where children are playing; with no misguided adults coming over and saying, “Don’t play with that kid ‘cause he’s inferior to you!”
Happy Holidays, y’all!!!