Keep Calm And Turn On The Lights

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

turn on the lights

Here's a fact: You can't "turn off" darkness. Darkness is not something that you can turn on or off. The law of physics prove that darkness is simply the absence of light. That is why there is only one switch in your closet - a light switch. There is no such thing as a dark switch. When you turn on the light switch, darkness can no longer be present because light dispels it.

Our culture today is much like a dark closet. The evil that pervades our society brings a heavy darkness and subjects people to the stark coldness that comes from the lack of warmth that light brings. People are groping in the darkness of our world trying to find their way only to continually run into the unseen walls around them.

In Matthew 5:14-16 Jesus tells us, “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven." He is referring to his Church - the Body of Christ. God's will for us, his Church, is to bring the light of his presence into a dark world.

We are the "switch" in the dark closet that is our culture. Unfortunately, the switch is failing to come on and it is not God's fault. It is ours. We focus our attention and energy on the darkness and how to get rid of it rather than simply being the light that dispels it. We assume that darkness is evidence of the presence of evil. While that is partially true, darkness brings a much greater indictment - the absence of light. Instead of screaming at the darkness to go away, we must allow God to manifest his light in us. When we do that, the switch is flipped and darkness begins to flee.
I am not saying that we should not deal with evil. What I am suggesting is that before we can address the darkness we must first and foremost become the light of the world Jesus commanded us to be. I suspect that God is much more concerned with our lack of light than with our culture's darkness. Could the rising darkness of our present culture and the evil it brings be a warning that we, God's Church, are not the light of the world like we should be? I wonder if we spent our time and energy on that rather than screaming at the darkness in our culture, perhaps we would have a much greater impact for the Gospel of Christ. Maybe we would start seeing dark places suddenly being filled with the light of God's presence and power. When you have the light of God's presence reflecting in your life there is no need to yell at the darkness around you.

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