Monday, December 23, 2013

 
THE MIRACLE OF THE CHRISTMAS TRUCE

In 1968, Communist Vietnam called for a Christmas truce- within reason it held. One can debate how well the truce held, or the motivation behind the truce, but the reality of the truce and the impact it had on people remains real.

This event had a major impact on my life in terms of understanding the true meaning of Christmas. I may have only been 10 years old, but the impact of the truce was everywhere on the news so it could not be missed.

Here you had a country which officially did not believe in God on its own calling for a truce of the day of Peace. This changed me forever. It formed in my mind the importance of substance over form. What is Christmas if not the day to celebrate the message of peace preached by Joshua, aka Jesus.

1968 continues today. When I grew up a non-christian friend celebrating Christmas was unheard of. Today I have friends all over the US who are of all faiths (many non-Christian) and most of them celebrate Christmas as a day of Peace. I believe Joshua would be pleased that his message has now become more important than his mere birth.

The great tragedy of Christianity is the need for so many churches, their members, and religious leaders to celebrate the form of the man Joshua while ignoring his message. If Christmas has a true miracle surrounding it, it is the fact that so many non-Christian faiths and non-faiths now recognize Christmas as a day of Peace.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

In January of 1968 the North Vietnam launched the Tet Offensive. There was suppose to be a cease fire during the holidays. Needless to say it caught the USA off guard. We lost a lot of men at Hue City, Vietnam. I was a young Marine at the time.
Is this the Christmas Truce you wrote about?

BobbyWC said...

You are correct. i cannot imagine the mood in country. but in the states although for only few days on hold it impacted the mood of the country. The tet offensive reminded people the war was real

grassfox said...

I was a U.S. Marine at Vandergrift Combat Base in Viet Nam during the "Christmas truce" that you said held so well. We were attacked by incoming mortars and rockets from the North Vietnamese on Christmas Eve. The attack killed several of my brothers in arms. I was helping the injured and picking up body parts including pieces of skulls and brains. I just guess that you were not there for this "miracle" but maybe you should have been.

grassfox said...

I was a U.S. Marine at Vandergrift Combat Base in Viet Nam during the "Christmas truce" that you said held so well. We were attacked by incoming mortars and rockets from the North Vietnamese on Christmas Eve. The attacked killed several of my brothers in arms. I was helping the injured and picking up body parts including pieces of skulls and brains. I just guess that you were not there for this "miracle" but maybe you should have been.

BobbyWC said...

I will never challenge a veteran who lived through such a horror. I am 100% certain you accurately describe the situation. But I did make clear it was not an absolute truce.

But I am glad you posted so my readers will now have a more complete story.

Bobby WC

grassfox said...

It was not a truce. It was a scam.