Each year lyrics from different Christmas carols stick out to me. The deeper, fuller meaning of certain phrases seem to jump right off the page. One thing I’ve learned from carol writers is that many of them also wrote hymns. Maybe that’s why their lyrics are so easily stuck in my mind.
This year I keep coming back to the words of Longfellow in the Christmas carol, “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day.” This is the line that’s been stuck in my head…
“The wrong shall fail, the right prevail,“
The wrong shall fail. I can’t wait to see evil and injustice be removed by God. There is so much wrong in our world today and we’re blind and foolish if we fail to recognize and identify it.
I think it’s easy to think “the wrong” only refers to what’s evil in our world. Don’t get me wrong, there is evil in this world done by many people and they are wrong… but that’s not all of it.
“The wrong” is everyone who knows what they should do, and fails to do it. You, me, we all do it. Everything from lapses in integrity to intentional decisions of selfish desires. I’ve made plenty of my own “wrongs” that wouldn’t make the evening news (thank God!), but the severity of wrong doesn’t change the nature of wrong. What’s wrong is wrong.
…but truth prevails. It may not be obvious. It may not even be today or even this year. But time and truth walk hand in hand. The Church has always endured. God wins and justice will have its victory through Jesus Christ. Even with so many things pushing against truth, the final victory belongs to the One whose very Word is truth.
What’s good and right in this world is begging to push back darkness. God isn’t dead, and He’s not asleep. He calls for peace and truth to redeem what’s wrong to make way for what’s right.
May the wrongs in your world come to fail, and may your find the courage and faith to help what’s right prevail.