“O Holy Night”: His Name and Oppression

O Holy Night

O Holy Night

December 6, 2013

This season brings a return of a well-loved hymn. The story behind the composition is fascinating. If you prefer reading to video, here is the story in text form.

Take a moment to revel in this reverent presentation of “Oh Holy Night”. There is a line in it that we may pass over without much reflection: “In his name all oppression shall cease”.

How are His Name and oppression related? In a word: directly. The more we ignore His name, the more oppression shall increase. Oppression is a misuse of delegated authority. All authority comes from God. He is the Author of government. Government was His idea. All government is an expression, good or bad, of authority delegated from Him.

The amount of oppression by government is generally inversely proportionate to how much the Name of God is honored in any particular nation. Check the level of oppression. The more there is, the less God is honored. Can you present an example where this is not true?

Photo of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn in 1953, right...

Photo of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn in 1953, right after his release from the special Gulag camp at Ekibastuz (reference= The Gulag Archipelago, Part 3, photo/caption – pg 174-175, Perennial Library, 1976) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Look at what Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn had to say:

“If I were asked today to formulate as concisely as possible what was the main cause of the ruinous revolution that swallowed up some 60 million of our people, I could not put it more accurately than to repeat: ‘Men had forgotten God; that is why all this has happened.’” — author and Russian dissident Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (1918-2008)

Honoring the name of God brings increased liberty and joy. Replacing God with someone or something else brings sorrow and oppression. North Korea is a prime modern example of this phenomenon.

Oppression will continue until His Name is revered. Proverbs tells us that those who hate the Wisdom of God love death.

There is a better way.

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