ProLifeCorner.com- by Larry Plachno-
This is the season where many of us wish for Peace on Earth. But, do we ever stop to think what it will take to have Peace on Earth? Then, the next question we need to ask ourselves is what are each of us doing to move our world closer to Peace on Earth?
In order to have Peace on Earth, we all have to agree on good and evil. And, as usual, when we discussgood and evil, we find both a secular position as well as a corresponding Christian position pointing us to good and working together but pointing us away from evil.
Recently, I received several comments from friends saying that Ann Coulter had used myoft-repeated description of liberals as people who could not reason from cause to effect. You see, the problem with liberals is that they think that good and evil no longer exist and everything is now a choice.
If good and evil do not exist, then how can choice be wrong? If abortion is a choice, then how can killing unborn babies be wrong? If marriage is a choice, then how can depriving children of a father’s guidance be wrong? If the family wage is a choice, then how can the poverty and crime and resulting from lack of marriage be wrong? Liberals cannot understand that certain actions are wrong because they are handicapped by ignoring good and evil.
Nowhere was this difference between conservatives and liberals more obvious than in the unfortunate tragedy at Sandy Hook school. When conservatives looked at this they saw a young man being raised without the guidance of a father. They saw a government that said that pregnancy and children were evil and abortion should be subsidized. They saw a society that said that good and evil no longer exist and that everything is now a choice. However, when the liberals looked at this incident, they blamed the gun because there is no good or evil.
Liberals believe in diversity and difference rather than in determining good and evil and working together. They think society should allow everyone to embrace choice and do anything that they want. The lack of logic behind this should be obvious to anyone . . . provided they believe in good and evil.
It really does not take much thought to figure out that we all come out ahead by working together but everyone suffers if we embrace choice. An obvious example is in driving on the left or right side of the road. If we embrace choice then our roads would be hopelessly confusedand traffic would make no progress. How about embracing choice on spreading germs and pollution? Anyone with any regard for good and evil will quickly figure out that choice harms our society rather than helping it.
The reason for this is because society acts like a team. When we work together, when we embrace good over evil and when we put others first then we all come out ahead. Unselfishness is its own reward.
Where do we find the formula for peace? It was handed to us 2,000 years ago. In the second chapter of Luke in my St. Joseph edition of the Bible, the angels are quoted announcing the birth of Jesus: “Glory to God in the Highest, and on Earth peace to those on whom His favor rests.”
Jesus Christ later gave us two basic laws to guide our lives: love of God and love of neighbor. We love God when we judge our actions as good and evil. We are a follower of Jesus Christ when our definition of good is doing what is best for other people and society. I note that in my Bible, Jesus Christ did not include a bunch of exceptions to these two basic rules. He certainly did not tell us that everything is a choice.
For those of us who have done the research, we find that today’s modern computer-generated statistics on social problems reflect and endorse the love of God and love of neighbor admonishments of Jesus Christ. When we believe in good and evil and when we work together we all come out ahead.
The angels at the Nativity pointed us towards Peace and then Jesus Christ gave us the formula. Today, when we celebrate the birth of Christ, we should pause and think about the fact that if we really want Peace on Earth, we need to embrace good over evil in our decisions and actions. And, we need to define good as doing what is best for other people and society rather than our own choice.
Editors Note: Larry Plachno is a successful businessman, publisher, author, and composer of an incalculable number of articles relating to family, life issues and associated problems and solutions. This barely scratches the surface of what Larry really is. His love of God, family and country is inspiring.
For years now Larry has shared his writings with us here at the ProLifeCorner and we are truly humbled by his generosity.
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