Peace is Here Now

October 19, 1971
1971 HFP, Volume 3 Number 21

John Lennon released his hit song "Imagine". The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Equal Rights Amendment; the vote was 354 to 23. Former West German chancellor Willy Brandt was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his steps toward beginning the reunification of East and West Germany. And in New York City, the rock musical "Jesus Christ Superstar" opened on Broadway.

After finishing the hit movie Performance with Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones, actor James Fox was putting his acting career on hold, in order to have "time to get to know Jesus." Fox said he "realized my life had no purpose," and felt that he had "been to the door of Hell and looked in and didn't like what I saw." Finally he remembered one Bible verse he had memorized as a child -- "Come unto me, all ye who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." Clinging to that one verse, Fox reached out to Jesus, and discovered that He was "reality, not illusion."

With very little help from us, the HFP had somehow gone international, and news of the Jesus Movement was pouring in from Guam, Vietnam, Panama, Germany, Norway, Sweden and the UK. Two brothers in Norway had written to tell us that the Jesus Movement was being discussed on both radio and TV in their country, and that a Christian newspaper similar to the HFP had started up there. We were simply in awe of what God was doing as letters from around the world began arriving daily.

Our friend Ron Bufton created the cartoon shown at right, depicting a hippie and a Vietnam vet glaring angrily at each other "after the revolution." The photo at lower right is a Jesus People march in Sweden. We're not sure what the signs say, but we know they were praising Jesus!

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