Intent: Peace on Earth
The dream of peace on earth, in a utopian sense, has always eluded mankind. Many have strived to achieve this goal, putting their faith in humanity alone. Those who strive to bring peace to our world but have no belief in God and the spiritual realm of angels and demons have no chance of realizing their goal. A popular bumper sticker comes to mind. It says “No Jesus, no peace. Know Jesus, know peace.” These people, often referred to as secular humanists, put mankind in the place of God. There are several problems with this. First, they are offending God by committing the sin of idolatry. Secondly, by not acknowledging the true God, they forfeit the benefit of His saving grace, which we need to overcome our fallen nature, and without which we can accomplish nothing. Jesus says to us, “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who lives in me and I in him, will produce abundantly, for apart from me you can do nothing” (Jn 15:5). Lastly, they have no idea who they are up against. St. Paul tells us: “For our struggle is not with flesh and blood but with the principalities, with the powers, with the world rulers of this present darkness, with the evil spirits in the heavens. Therefore, put on the armor of God, that you may be able to resist on the evil day and, having done everything, to hold your ground” (Eph 6:12-13).
Our enemy, the prince of this world, is a cunning and super-intelligent being whom we don’t stand a chance resisting on our own. It is said that even the weakest of demons could destroy the earth in an instant if God permitted it. Fortunately, we are adequately equipped and well protected from the enemy when we put on the armor of God. This spiritual armor can take many forms:
Our prayer is for a true and lasting peace on earth, which can only be brought about through a universal acceptance of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Truly, we say “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”