Jesus Christ for the Peace Prize!

Much debate has occurred over the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to President Obama. Evidently it really isn’t for what he has actually accomplished, but for the hope for peace that he inspires in the world. So be it! We all want peace in the world. And if this will inspire our President to even greater achievements – this will be all for the best.

In some of the info on the Nobel Peace Prize I was reading, it was indicated that there was only one recipient who was awarded the prize after he had died. However, in 1974, the rules were changed and only living individuals could be awarded the prize. Which got me all thinking…

Why hasn’t Jesus Christ been awarded the Peace Prize?

You say: “Because he is not living!”

But I say: “BUT HE IS ALIVE!”

With Obama’s award, it is clear that the judges for the Nobel are quite liberal in their considerations. How could they NOT consider Jesus of Nazareth? Who would dispute the fact that there has not been anyone in the history of the world that has said as many powerful and inspiring things as Jesus concerning Peace. I would hazard to guess that by far the majority of Peace Prize winners have based their lives on the words of Jesus Christ. That ALONE should qualify him! But then to IMAGINE that Jesus Christ actually ACCOMPLISHED something – a great and wondrous mystery – suffering and dying on the cross to MAKE PEACE between God and Man! He isn’t into negotiating! No silly cheap talk! He is in the business of MAKING peace – not by guns and bombs, but in the forgiveness of sins!

I SAY LET’S PUT IN A NOMINATION FOR JESUS CHRIST!

Someone find out how! Please!

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Is the hatred expressed toward Obama caused by racism?

Just a short note on something that really bothers me a lot!

Some have been observing the hatred expressed in various ways toward Obama and reasoning that racism plays a big part.

No doubt, racism is at least partly the case. How much the case? It is hard to tell.

But however much a part of it racism has caused, it ISN’T the whole story.

What I observed, and spoke out about from the pulpit years ago, was the same kind of hatred being directed toward President Bush and the Republicans (in general). It was a kind of rabid emotionalism that is just not productive at all to making the situation in our country any better.

We don’t go around telling everybody that we hate out neighbor and spewing all kinds of false innuendo and swear words concerning them (at least we know we SHOULDN’T do that, anyway)… but yet this is what I would hear from my congregational members as they talked about their political foes and, yes, even the President of the United States!

So let’s cut the crap talk! It doesn’t matter which side of the political spectrum you are on: it doesn’t help to demonize your opponent!

For us to survive as a civilized society, we need to learn how to act respectfully – even when we disagree.