Posts Tagged ‘darkness’

Darkness is a strange thing. It isn’t really something in and of itself. It is actually the absence of something. It is the absence of Light. When it comes to spiritual matters, light represents the Presence of God. In fact the apostle John wrote, “God is Light.” (I John 1:5)
We discover in the Revelation that there is no need for the sun or the stars in heaven because God’s Presence is the light.

Throughout the Bible, darkness spiritually portrays people who are far from God. It represents the condition of “lostness”, absolute separation from God. More significantly, even than that, it portrays “deadness”. People who are far from God, not only dwell in darkness spiritually, they are absolutely DEAD. There is no real life. “The wages of sin is death,” God’s Word declares.

Jesus proclaimed, “I am the light of the world.” The Gospel of John says, “In Him (Christ) was life, and the life was the light of men; and the light shines in the darkness . . .”
God gave His only Begotten Son, Jesus the Christ, to bring the light of life into our darkness.

While among us physically, Jesus proclaimed His followers, “You are the light of the world.” He entrusted that light of life from God to us, His people. And He called us to let our light shine before men. To place our light in the candlestick so that others might see. Throughout our world today there are great pockets of darkness. There doesn’t need to be, but there is. There are nearly a billion people who have no access to the Gospel of Christ at all. There is no known effort by any evangelical church or group to reach out to and evangelize, make disciples, or plant churches among nearly 3100 different identified people groups.

God has called us, you and me to chase the darkness. He has called us to carry the light of truth in the Gospel message to the dark pockets all around our globe. There is no reason with the resources and technology available to us in the 21st century that we cannot eliminate the darkness. There will always be people who live in darkness, God’s Word says some prefer darkness because their deeds are evil. But there should not be any pockets of darkness on our planet because no one has shared the Gospel. Chase the darkness. Make a difference.5578299322_14502cc7d7_z

As I continue to search the internet for news of Mali and the latest developments, (Thanks for nothing CNN), it concerns me what the future may hold. I read the postings of Malian friends on social media, and I read the latest developments on the releases and it looks like Mali is in for a rough ride.

The boy pictured here is typical of so many beautiful people in this country. But will extremist groups have their way? Will every choice for Jesus in the future be met with beheadings like we read about this week in Timbuktu? Will those in charge ultimately be able to legislate religious choice?

It is hard to imagine in a place like South Caroina where essentially someone can practice any faith or religion that they choose. Maybe there will come a day of greater persecution in America, but right now the question is on my heart, will this young man have a choice in the bush country of Mali?

What can we do? I know our greatest resource continues to be prayer. I pray for the restoration of the demoncracy in Mali. I pray that each man, woman, boy and girl can choose to follow Christ if they desire. I pray that Satan and his evil kingdom, no matter what form it takes, be defeated. I pray that the light of truth shine brightly in a country where darkness has often prevailed. I pray that the few believers scattered all across the country will lstand strong in their faith. Will you pray?

Bertrand Russell, one of the most famous of atheists, once wrote that the foundation of atheism is “unyielding despair.” Another atheist, Richard Dawkins is reported to have said, the “universe is bleak, cold and empty; but so what?”

It is hard for me to imagine a belief system with hopelessness at its core. There is no God from whom we originate, there is no God to comfort us when we suffer, there is no God to whom we are accountable, there is no God to greet us when we die.

Any semblance of morality would be dependent upon an “assumed goodness in mankind.” But history suggests the opposite.

Christian faith offers a much different picture than any other world view. There is a God who created everything. Man chose sin and death. God set in motion a plan of redemption that ultimately involved God invading history as a man named Jesus. He was born, He lived without sin, He died in place of all sinners, He rose from the dead to be Savior, He is coming again to establish His kingdom in a new earth at the end of the ages. Believe it or not, that is the story of the Bible.

That is why the story of Christmas brings great hope into a dark and bleak world. The angel announced, “Behold I bring you Good News of a Great Joy which is for all people. Unto you is born a Savior.”

The other day I wrote a blog about atheism. Someone responded that like any other religious faith, it is a belief system. I am grateful that my belief system has hope, not hopelessness at its foundation. But for me, my faith is built upon more than simply belief.

Do you ever wonder why the world is so fascinated with vampires, and ghosts, and werewolves? Now we have a romanticized vampire series. What is it about the stories of a ‘dark world’ that attracts so much attention?

When did we lose the ability to tell the stories of truth, and light, and goodness in a way that is attractive? I would hazard a guess that most people in our nation today can only tell bits and pieces of a few of the stories of the Bible. But even though it is so much more, it is one of the greatest story books ever. The stories are true, and they are fascinating.

There are wars of epic proportions, the most significant of which is spiritual. There are heroes, and their are victories.
There are dark figures and there are failures in lives. But through it all is a great story of God’s incredible love for the people He created and His work of redemption to restore creation to its pre-curse splendor.

The Bible says that men prefer darkness over light because their deeds are evil. We do have a natural inclination to lean to the dark side. But Jesus is the light of the world. And we were created to live in the light. So I propose we tell the ‘Daybreak Series’. It is far superior to the Twilight series.