Darkness: the partial or total absence of light.
There are a lot of complaints about the state of this world and rightly so. Complete disregard for morality and righteousness according to God is becoming the norm. It is standard procedure today to live for oneself and force one’s evil beliefs upon all those around them. While good most definitely still exists in the world, it is being slowly drowned out by the darkness. Or is it?
I’ve always thought or have heard that society in general and the world as a whole has become more dark and despicable. I’ll hear many people bemoan our state of affairs and shake their heads at our inability to change it. But I want to propose something that may be hard to swallow but definitely needs to be said.
Our world may not be going downhill entirely due to the presence of darkness but more due to the absence of light.
Evil has been present in every generation and every generation thinks theirs is worse than the last. There have been godly and ungodly nations throughout history and in every one of them, the quality and quantity of light or goodness directly dictates that nation’s morality.
We can look no further than the homosexual “revolution” in America today. How is it that less than 3% of the population can affect such drastic change in a society’s moral compass in such a short time span? It’s their desire and passion for their cause that has helped them to infiltrate the traditional family values of America. In short, when a group is ardently promoting their beliefs, others will listen.
That is exactly what Christians today must do in order to restore light to our nation. We must first ask, How much light is the church actually shining out to the world? How aware are we of the fight that rages all around us? “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 6:12). Jesus came to, “open their eyes, so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in (him)” (Acts 26:18). And who is responsible for delivering that message in today’s generation? That’s right…the church!
“If we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin” (1 John 1:7). We have a valuable message of light and salvation to deliver and we can’t sit back in our air- conditioned church buildings and comfy pews hoping that everything will all work out. Jesus gave us a mission to be light to the world (Matthew 5:14-16) and to bring others to that light (Matthew 28:18-20).
So what will your response be? Are we going to continue complaining about our world and its fall into darkness or are we going to shine our light to a watching world? It’s not the presence of darkness we have to be worried about. It’s the absence of light that will disappoint God.