Former Beatles’ drummer Ringo Starr celebrated his 72nd birthday recently with a call for world peace. Since 2008 he has encouraged fans to host a “peace and love” get together at noon on his birthday in their time zones. This year Starr joined fans at the Hard Rock Cafe in Nashville, where they shouted “peace and love,” flashed peace signs, and sang the chorus of John Lennon’s “Give Peace a Chance.” The Bible says there is no peace to the wicked. There can be no peace on earth until men are right with their Maker. The modern peace movement is blind mysticism with no power to change the fundamental problem that has brought turmoil to the earth, that problem being sin. The Beatles sang a lot about peace, but they are hypocritical. The breakup of the band was anything but amicable and they have had nine marriages between the four of them. That doesn’t add up to a lot of peace. “For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape” (1 Thessalonians 5:2-3).
(Friday Church News Notes, July 20, 2012, www.wayoflife.org, email@example.com, 866-295-4143)
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