Darkness or Light

Perhaps nothing provokes a more vitriolic reaction than the issue of sin.

When breached as a subject, people often respond with statements such as, “Don’t

judge me just because I sin different than you”or, “Only God can judge me.” The

latter is often sorrowfully perplexing because it is typically made with no sense of

concern that God will, indeed, judge them. By and large, there is little concern for

God at all. These statements are hardly more than automated arguments,

programmed into the hardened consciousness of one who has virtually no interest

in departing from sin in any capacity and looks for justification to remain

unrepentant.

Jesus makes this bold statement in John 3:19-20:

And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved

darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.  20  For everyone

practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should

be exposed.  21  But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be

clearly seen, that they have been done in God.

There are many self-righteous voices belting out condemnation in the name

of God; that much is true. But God never does, even when He speaks plainly of

our condition without Him. In His correction is always the earnest cry of one who

desires life and wholeness to all who will hear. Nonetheless, despite the heart of

God, love for darkness rather than light leaves many with either the inability, or

lack of desire, to hear the tone of His love in the call to repentance.

There is so much sorrow in seeing a soul cleave to sin. Knowing the poison

it is and will always be to them is inexpressible tragedy. Light has come into the

world and the brilliance of His glory is without compare. Yet, desiring darkness,

they deprive themselves of gain they would never regret if apprehended.

Sometimes darkness so dominates perception there is no awareness

whatsoever that true life might be experienced. In such a condition, a person

simply does not have the means to perceive existence absent what they have

always known. At other times, people who only know darkness have no interest in

abandoning the coldness therein, whatever might be gained. In either condition,

only the hope of the gospel, declared to all, opens the eyes of those who are

unaware of their blindness.

When we come to new life in Christ the warmth of eternal light fills the

entire essence of our being. In those moments, the intimate embrace of God makes

Him fully known and experienced. The change occurring within is more than self-

disciplined behavior modification. The Light makes all things new. One of the

lasting effects is an absolute unwillingness to casually accept sin- in ourselves or

others.

What is difficult for those still in darkness to understand is our distaste for

sin has nothing to do with an oppressive condemnation of their state. True love

longs for life to be birthed in every, last person on Earth. True love recognizes the

deceit of sin mercilessly robbing people, leaving them broken and tattered on the

wayside. Though in utter darkness, God never stops pursuing them. Neither

should we.