Whoever says he is in the light and hates his brother is still in darkness. ~ 1 John 2:9
Our world has seen a great deal of darkness. All shades of it in the last month. But really who are we kidding, the human-race has been wandering around blindly bumping into each other for centuries. Darkness is everywhere.
So many dim events fill our TV screens and Newsfeeds. Every day its a new one. And as easy as it is to just let it pass us by, it should never make us numb to the pain of this deep darkness that plagues our world. No, we most certainly can’t carry every burden. And we sure can’t solve every problem. It is challenging to know what we can do at all most days. I mean, truly, what can we do?
There is one thing I know for sure we must do.
Stay in the light.
And don’t join the darkness.
Even when our offenses are irritated about a topic getting a lot of play in the media or we feel we have the perfect answer to the problem… we must make sure our response to the darkness in the world bring’s light.
Check your heart, before you speak and before you type.
Fruitless angry banter adds darkness. Cynical patronizing rants add darkness. Chest-beating “telling-it-like-it-is” adds darkness.
Check your heart and ask yourself this question: As a Christian, how should I respond? Not as a mother, how do I respond?…or as a Canadian, or police officer, or black man, or conservative.
Your ultimate identity is not found in those things, if you claim to be in the light and wear the badge ‘Christian’.
It is so easy to turn out the light and join the shadowy brawls. Especially when we’re hiding behind a computer screen. I know this is true because I know my own heart and weakness. We just want to join the senseless noise. We want to add to the ever-increasing up-chuck that funnels through cyberspace all in the name of “getting something off our chest”.
We think it will bring clarity, but all it brings is further obscurity to the light that brings truth.
Jesus is the light of the world, and all our answers should be found in Him. Our default in these times of complexity must always be grace first.
Not jumping to defend our political party.
Just mourning with those who mourn.
Just loving, mercy-filled care and concern for the afflicted in our midst.
We don’t know the whole story based on the media, but we do know that people are hurting in this world for all kinds of reason. But we cannot hate our brothers and then say we’re in the light.
My dear Christian friends, in a world that calls us to join in the musky fog. Remain where its bright. Don’t resort to darkness…stay in the light of Christ.
And then pray with me. Pray for justice only the Father can sort out and hand down. And for truth to reign in our world and most importantly for Christ’s triumphant return.
Where all things will be made right.