Merry Christmas Greetings from Iraq
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Thursday, December 26, 2013
''True peace is not a balancing of opposing forces. It’s not a lovely facade which conceals conflicts and divisions. Peace calls for daily commitment.'' ~ Pope Francis Christmas Day Message, 2013
December 25, 2013, when the Pope gave his first Christmas Day message to the world, he did what all popes do and prayed, pleaded, for peace throughout the world. A noble wish.
In Atlanta, the Jewel of the South, a 10 year old boy in Conyers got a white Christmas. The young boy only had two wishes: A White Christmas and to be cured of his cancer.
Diagnosed a year ago with lymphoblastic leukemia, chemotherapy is routine. Dylan told Santa, if he couldn’t be cured, then he would love a white Christmas. It happened.
A photographer overheard the Santa conversation; and within no time, the local police department was involved, a snow making machine was ordered and it snowed on young Dylan’s yard Christmas morning. When the neighbors saw what was going on, they came out to help.
That’s what Christmas is all about.
From Conyers, Georgia we go to West Reading, Pennsylvania where Delaney Brown, age 8 and terminally ill, asked to have Christmas carolers sing to her. A simple wish for the young girl with a “rare form of leukemia.”
Saturday night, Laney’s home was surrounded by “thousands” of people serenading Laney with song after song. Laney’s facebook page showed her giving a thumbs up. Delaney Brown died Christmas Day, but with fond memories dancing in her head.
That’s what Christmas is all about.
Back to Atlanta, the Hosea Feed the Hungry and Homeless program again fed thousands on Christmas Day, as they do every Christmas Day. Volunteers worked all Christmas Eve and prepared the banquet in the large kitchen at the Dekalb County jail.
That’s what Christmas is all about, at least to good people with good hearts. That is not the case with evil people and evil hearts.
Christmas Day in Iraq, as Christians left Christmas Mass, evil and dark-hearted people blew them up. In three separate bombings targeting Christians leaving worship services, at least 37 were killed. Why? Because they weren’t Muslim. It’s dangerous being a Christian in the Muslim Middle East. Merry Christmas from Iraq.
In Kabul, Afghanistan on Christmas day, just to send a signal, the Taliban who we once had on the run a few years ago, attacked the U.S. Embassy. Hundreds of American citizens started their Christmas by frantically running to safety bunkers. Merry Christmas from Afghanistan.
Christians are under attack in certain places of the world, and it’s not by atheists. It is from a religious population who has rewritten the Bible to their leaning, a leaning that hates Jews, Christians, atheists, homosexuals, gypsies, anyone not Muslim. Jesus spoke of this.
Christians in the Holy Land are leaving in droves. Syrian Christians have dropped from 1.3 million to less than half a million. Beheadings have a tendency to instill fear in even the strongest Christians and Jews.
In Mali, where the French had to send in troops to keep the “peace,” the Christians live in a constant state of fear. The French are pulling out; and with 80% of the population Muslim, the Christians have reason to fear.
What about fear in Christians in the United States? We talk about a war on Christmas, but it is no comparison to what is going on with Christians in Pakistan, Mali, Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Egypt and Iran. Could the same thing happen in America? It’s getting ready to happen in the book series I’m writing. We should not think it couldn’t happen, as Christianity in the US is also dwindling. For the first time in U.S. history, the government is delegitimizing Christ at Christmas.
The Veteran’s Administration hospital in Augusta, Georgia prevented a group of high school students from singing “certain” songs. They were prevented from singing “Silent Night” and “Come All Ye Faithful.” Well, doesn’t that make sense? It does for the present administration.
Since the present U.S. President came in office, U.S. Military Chaplains are warned about praying in Christ’s name or quoting certain scripture. This is not your Daddy’s military.
Federal judges are rewriting the history of the U.S. in their rulings. The most populous Christian country in the world is now being forced to minimize Christ, under the guise that this is what the Founding Fathers really wanted.
The United States has spent billions of our tax dollars and sacrificed thousands of military lives for the sake of helping Iraq and Afghanistan have a better future. It isn’t going to happen.
To the Pope, your wish for peace is noble. But the Pope of all people knows that peace doesn’t come until the last days. It is written; so it will be.
About J. L. Robb
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