Though its methods differ, communism no less than Christianity seeks the salvation of the world. On October 30 Soviet communism so loved the world that it presented us with the greatest demonstration of physical power ever put on by man. In the 50 plus megaton range, 2500 times greater than what leveled Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the bomb was equal in explosive power to a train of TNT-loaded boxcars extending from New York to Los Angeles.
At such a time the Christian Church must tell abroad that God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son; it must call the world to faith in the babe of Bethlehem. A world which measures both its power and its fears in terms of megatons must be summoned to acknowledge Jesus as the light of the world and as mankind’s only hope. Boldly and with great joy the Church must proclaim to all nations and to every creature that this infant is very God, that despite all appearances, all things were created by him and through him and unto him. Nothing therefore can be saved without him. The world must be asked to believe that this infant of the manger has the whole wide world in his hand. From a pulpit-by-the-manger the Church must proclaim: Behold thy God! Any lesser call is a mockery of the Christmas miracle.
Millions will celebrate the Christmas season extolling peace and goodwill and the nobility of giving, without any trembling whatever at the mystery that God is now a man, a baby, that Deity itself lies nestled in the straw of a manger.
Even some who stand in pulpits as ministers of Christ will be ashamed to proclaim that when God came in the flesh he needed to be ministered unto; that he needed a mother, and clothes, and a manger in which to lie. Suffering the offence of the Gospel, their ...1
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