October 8, 2016
We All Need Light (Maybe Some More Than Others)
Summer sunshine and heat makes me thrive. Winter cold and darkness dial my energy down to approximately 70% of normal.
Everyone needs light. Sun issues life-giving vitamin D, when it has the chance to play its generous rays on our skin. From what I have read, this is the best way to get vitamin D into our systems. No wonder the original man and woman were not clothed. (I have a fantasy of having personal, private access to a shelter of ground with a 15 foot solid fence somewhere in the desert of New Mexico.) Here you can stir your thoughts on Adam and Eve and light, if you want to do so!
“This, then, is the judgment: The light has come into the world, and people loved darkness rather than the light because their deeds were evil. For everyone who practices wicked things hates the light and avoids it, so that his deeds may not be exposed. But anyone who lives by the truth comes to the light, so that his works may be shown to be accomplished by God.” – John 3:19-21
Light is often used as a metaphor for good, while darkness as a metaphor for evil. Likely this stems from the former general knowledge, in Western societies at least, of this passage I quoted.
Some people actually prefer darkness. Although there is a trend now to doing violent crimes in broad daylight, usually the most vile things are done in the shelter of the dark. The Bible states this plainly, but there is a branch of evolutionary theory that also teaches this theme. (Here’s a reminder: all truth is based in the very being of God.)
This applies to more than just physical light.
Hiddenness, subterfuge, deception, lying, conflated and confusing language, and misdirection are all aspects of darkness. The main thing: keep it hidden.
The motive of such actions is the love of evil.
Open your eyes and look at our culture. Look at people who are in politics. Do they love light and transparency, or do they love hiddenness? This will be a hint to what the love of their heart is.
Transparency can be difficult and even embarrassing. But what better way to reveal a heart that loves the right and hates the wrong? And remember, those who love God will hate evil.
Do you have a subtle love affair with evil?
Then question your allegiance to the Almighty. “The fear of the Lord is to hate all evil.” I believe it is a righteous thing to cultivate a hatred of evil. Not of persons who do evil, but of acts of evil.
Your desire for light and warmth in the world of the spirit should be just as vital as the one for physical light and warmth. Probably more so.