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    This post is written by Laurence Vance and copied here today to remind everyone what we celebrate on Christmas Day.  See his entire post on the Lew Rockwell blog here.

    Prince of Peace

    The Prince of Peace bids men to come to him (Matthew 11:28); the god of war bids men to go fight foreign wars.

    The Prince of Peace says it is more blessed to give than to receive (Acts 20:35); the god of war says it is more blessed to kill than to be killed.

    The Prince of Peace says to love your enemies (Matthew 5:44); the god of war says to kill your enemies.

    The Prince of Peace is righteous (1 John 2:1); the god of war wants men to commit unrighteousness.

    The Prince of Peace says to bless them that curse you (Matthew 5:44); the god of war says to curse them that curse you.

    The Prince of Peace witnessed a good confession (1 Timothy 6:13); the god of war spouts lies.

    The Prince of Peace says to do good to them that hate you (Matthew 5:44); the god of war says to do evil to them that hate you.

    The Prince of Peace is the Son of God (Acts 9:20); the god of war is the enemy of God.

    The Prince of Peace is the creator (Colossians 1:16); the god of war is the destroyer.

    The Prince of Peace died for our sins (1 Corinthians 15:3); the god of war wants men to die for no reason.

    The Prince of Peace rose from the dead (Acts 26:23); the god of war sends men to their deaths.

    The Prince of Peace was sacrificed for us (1 Corinthians 5:7); the god of war wants men to sacrifice other men to him.

    The Prince of Peace died for the ungodly (Romans 5:6); the god of war wants men to commit ungodliness.

    The Prince of Peace was born of a virgin (Matthew 1:23); the god of war encourages men to violate virgins.

    The Prince of Peace came in the flesh (1 John 4:20); the god of war is a destroyer of flesh.

    The Prince of Peace glorified not himself (Hebrews 5:5); the god of war glorifies war.

    The Prince of Peace is the bread of life (John 6:35); the god of war is the slayer of life.

    The Prince of Peace redeems (Galatians 3:13); the god of war condemns.

    The Prince of Peace is the light of the world (John 8:12); the god of war plunges the world into darkness.

    The Prince of Peace is the resurrection and the life (John 11:25); the god of war is the wounder and taker of life.

    The Prince of Peace was made to be sin for us (2 Corinthians 5:21); the god of war wants men to commit sin.

    The Prince of Peace is the mediator between God and men (1 Timothy 2:5); the god of war is the separator of God from men.

    The Prince of Peace is the Saviour of men (Titus 1:4); the god of war is the enemy of men.

    The Prince of Peace forgives (Colossians 3:13); the god of war punishes.

    The Prince of Peace suffered for us (1 Peter 2:21); the god of war wants men to suffer on the battlefield.

    I hope you have a Merry Christmas, not a military one. Worship and serve the Prince of Peace, not the god of war.

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