DayBreaks for 03/08/13 – Because the World Loves Darkness
A great many of us American Christians get “wrapped around the axle” when it comes to what’s going on in our culture. Mass shootings of children in a school in Connecticut, rampant drug abuse even among elementary age children, economic systems that feed the pockets of the wealthy but starve the hard workers, injustice, laws that blatantly fly in the face of God’s clear Word, the massive numbers of unwed mothers and dead-beat fathers, children growing up without healthy role models, churches that have forgotten why Jesus created them in the first place – these and many other things scare us and cause us to scratch our heads and wonder what’s happening.
It’s not just America, but the world, too. As I was walking the other day, my wife commented on what a beautiful world God created. Being in a rather sober mood, I commented that yes, it is beautiful here, but around the world people are shooting and killing each other – often in the name of their faith, or for greed or power. North Korea is threatening South Korea and the US with “fire” that will destroy Seoul and Washington as they continue their nuclear program. Iran has pledged itself to wipe Israel “off the map” once they have the capability to do so. Human trafficking exists on a rampant scale, thrusting young children as young as 11 or younger into abuse the defies description. I don’t get it. What, in God’s name, has become of us?
Well, you know, I’m not sure that anything has become of us. There is a simple reality that the apostle John pointed out in the third chapter of his gospel that goes like this: John 3:19 (MSG) –
This is the crisis we’re in: God-light streamed into the world, but men and women everywhere ran for the darkness. They went for the darkness because they were not really interested in pleasing God. Or, in the more familiar way of putting it: And the judgment is based on this fact: God’s light came into the world, but people loved the darkness more than the light, for their actions were evil. – (NLT)
There it is, pure and simple. We must not be surprised at what is happening – at least not if we believe what Scripture says about us. The fact is that people love the darkness (evil, self-promotion and self-interest) more than the light (the things of God). Why? Because “their actions were evil” – and their actions, if the world gets dark enough, will seem normal and right or at least acceptable.
It’s easy to point the finger at “them”, isn’t it? But in what ways am I loving the darkness more than the light? In what ways are you loving darkness and evil and sin? Don’t fool yourself about how holy and upright you are. You are still human. You still have a sin nature that has a strong root in you.
Maybe it is time for us Christians to take a good, hard look at ourselves and really probe on the ways that we still love darkness…and then ask God to shine the Light of Jesus into those dark places in our hearts, to root out that darkness. One thing is for sure: we can’t root them out ourselves! We can’t even recognize them for what they are because we are deluded about our own faults and sin and goodness.
Prayer is called for. Repentance is needed. The Spirit-walk is necessary. Even as I write this, I know what some of those dark areas are in my soul and I fear to write what I have for I know my own weakness and how the darkness calls to me and how weak and prone to falling that I am. Hypocrisy knows no bounds and it spares none of us. Lord Jesus, have mercy on our souls!
PRAYER: Oh, Light of the world that reached down into darkness, cast Your beams into the dark, dank recesses of our hearts and minds to drive away our love of darkness. Help us love the Light more than the darkness! Spare us from what we deserve, and grant us Your grace! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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