For the last four years it has been a tradition on the RL blog to post a video by Casting Crowns around this time of year. Casting Crowns are a contemporary Christian music group and the first time I heard their version of “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day” I fell in love with it. My readers know I am not religious, nor am I convinced of the existence of what I call an intervening God, but I felt the song was filled with so much hope and determination that the “wrong shall fail, the right prevail” that it moved me.
The song features a choir of children and in light of the recent tragedy in Newtown, CT, the song brings me little comfort this year. On the contrary, it saddens me. Today is not the day to debate the various sides of how to prevent senseless violence against our children. Where I find despair is that those in the debate are far more invested in their position than in finding a viable solution. I’ve been guilty of this myself. However I’ve read enough in the past week to see that there is no solution without considerable cost. I’m not referring to financial cost. I’m referring to moral cost. We either concede that we need a dystopia of fully armed citizens to protect ourselves and our loved ones or we give ourselves false comfort that we can legislate the problem away. Neither alternative makes the spirit soar.
So once again, I offer to you my readers, the beautiful melody of Casting Crowns and the small hope that it moves you from:
And in despair I bowed my head
There is no peace on earth I said
For hate is strong and mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good will to men
Then rang the bells more loud and deep
God is not dead, nor does He sleep
The wrong shall fail, the right prevail
With peace on earth, good will to men
Photo by VOA [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons