From: David Kabanje
Date: May 5
Subject: GMU: Light and Darkness

Beautiful People, 

At some point in our lives, we all experience a fear of the darkness. As a child, nightlights were a comfort tool that kept the darkness at bay. When the nightlight wasn’t enough to conquer the dark, a simple call to my parents would do the trick. So what is it about the darkness that keeps us in fight or flight mode? A simple answer is a self-preservation. In the dark, we can’t see incoming threats; however, in the Light, to the best of our ability, we can distinguish between friend and foe. The Bible presents a different perspective on our relationship with darkness. From Scripture’s perspective, we love the darkness—not the darkness we experience when the lights are off but the one that is in our souls. “This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil” (John 3:19). 

The verdict is clear; instead of running from the darkness, we run to it to hide our evil deeds. We no longer hide from the boogeyman because we have become our own monsters. That is a bleak depiction of the human heart; however, praise God for Jesus Christ and His Gospel of good news. Our hearts are increasingly drawn to darkness, but the good news is that the Light of the world has come to liberate us. Christ has come to “ open [our] eyes, so that [we] may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that [we] may receive forgiveness of sins and [have] a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me” (Acts 26:18). My friends, this is the best news ever. Christ, the Light of the world, has drawn near to us so that darkness has no power over us. Because of Jesus Christ, we no longer have to live in darkness. We can be fully seen and loved just as we are. How can we accomplish this? Well, just like when we were younger, we called out to our earthly parents, so can we call out to our heavenly Father to save us from the darkness. God’s Light does not condemn or judge; it heals, restores, and sanctifies us. Live as people of the Light, speak as people of the Light, and love as people of the Light.