For What It’s Worth,
Let’s Consider Light or Total Darkness

By E. J. Bradshaw

During a recent rain and an electric storm, I lost the power and immediately, my house was in total darkness. My generator cranked, but something was wrong with the automatic switch and I was still without power. I was in total darkness. I thought I knew exactly where to reach in a bookshelf by my chair and retrieve a flashlight. Wrong! With memory and touch to guide me, I slowly made my way to the bedroom which is located at the opposite end of the house. I made it to a bedside lamp table and found a flashlight. I learned what it would be like to be blind and marveled at how well most blind people adjust to their handicap.

The Bible speaks of another kind of darkness. God described dishonesty, envy, immorality, hatred, prejudice, murder, injustice, sexual perversion, and sin in general as darkness; and righteousness is equated with light. Isaiah talked of “people that walked in darkness”. Isaiah 9:2. John wrote, “He that says he is in the light and hates his brother is in darkness even until now.” 2 John 2:9.

The Apostle wrote, “God is light and in Him, there is no darkness.” 1 John 1:5. Followers of Jesus are commanded to “walk in the light as He is in the light.” 1 John 1:7.

Using the light and darkness analogy to diagnose the condition of our beloved country, we are in deep darkness. We grope for a way out of our scandalous condition only to stumble and fail. We play the blame game, and there is enough blame to go around. Our wealth, education, and technology have not been the answer to our problems. Government leaders are not smart enough nor powerful enough nor honest enough nor spiritual enough to provide us with answers. We complain and blame, but we turn our backs on Jesus who is the light of the world. John 8:12. He can and will deliver us from the power of darkness. Colossians 1:13. We can insist upon having our selfish way and continue to curse the darkness, or we can light a candle. We can reflect the light of Jesus. He said, “You are the light of the world,” and “Let your light so shine that the world may see our good works and glorify the Father in heaven.” Matthew 14:16. Within ourselves, we have no source of light. The word in His command is “luna”. Like the moon, we reflect the light of the sun (Son). But the choice is ours! Jesus said, “This is the condemnation that light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light because their deeds are evil.” John 3:19. Jesus wants to “call us out of darkness into His marvelous light.” 1 Peter 2:9.

Let’s walk in the light as He is in the light.” 1 John 1:7 and pray for our country.

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