Alright, quick question: How do you get rid of darkness? By yelling at it? Intellectualizing? Constructing some sort of reasoned argument against it? By condemning, calling out or castigating it in some way?
While any one of those things may fill us with a sense of self satisfaction that we’ve somehow taken a stand against the darkness, we haven’t done a thing to actually solve the problem.
The only way to extinguish darkness is with light.
The light shines through the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.
John 1:5 (NLT)
I’ve noticed a growing trend on twitter and other social media outlets. I’m finding more and more people whose primary message is one of calling out people, things, preachers–especially preachers–with which they disagree.
I certainly think it’s appropriate to point out particular instances of misguided theology or twisted spirituality on occasion. Warning others about a book, movie, “self-help” guru, or even preacher whose message falls short of biblical truth, makes sense. Especially in a one on one or small group setting. But it can’t be our main focus.
Jesus told us to go into the world and share THE GOSPEL, to tell others about Him, not broadcast the shortcomings of other human beings.
Our mission is clear. He told us to shine the light; to, in fact, BE the light in our world. (Matthew 5:14-16)
If we’re followers of Christ, our job on this planet is to point others toward Him. As my pastor says often, we do this by choosing to live, love, give and serve like Jesus lived, loved, gave and served.
If you visit the Martin Luther King, Jr, Memorial in Washington DC, you will see a quote, chiseled into the granite of the inscription wall that reads, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”
Shine the Light.
Be the light…