Scripture: Job 38:19
What is the way to the abode of light?
And where does darkness reside?
Thought for the Day: This line from Job reminds me of the famous tagline from the old radio drama “The Shadow”: Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows! It’s true. The darkness of humankind resides in our hearts. We are the fabricators of terror and infamous treachery. We are the perpetrators of slavery and genocide. Even in a world filled with light, here we hide in the shadows, full of of fear and loathing for people who cross our borders or challenge our religious ideas. Even when the light of the universe blinds us, we snuff it out rather than accepting it as the way to eliminate and illuminate the dark alleyways of our minds and souls.
I have learned, though, that no matter how dark and despairing the world looks, God is always at work turning on the lights. We are beings in conflict, creatures of light in a constant battle with our darkness, because truthfully, the light frightens us more than the dark. We make up stories about things that go bump in the night, but we’re afraid to turn on the light and expose them, because deep down we know the monsters are us.
Yes, we are in a dark place. But knowing that is half the battle, and now that we are aware of our own darkness and capacity for treachery, it is time to let God open the light of Christ consciousness within us all. Only light eliminates darkness, and faith turns on the light of God, which incinerates the hatred, mistrust, jealousy, selfishness, greed, and political polarization from our world.
God is constantly inviting us into a new way of thinking. This too sets up conflict though, as those who perpetrate the old rules, who are afraid of change and so cannot affect change, fight tooth and nail to hang onto their power. You know who these people are, we find them in all walks of life. Many of them claim to be people of faith. But faithful people give away power rather than cling to it. Faithful people go to the cross and die for their belief that the world can and should be very different.
If we want a better world, if we want better education for our children and better healthcare for our people, if we want a world of peace and cooperation rather than war and coercion, then we must allow the light of God to transform us from the inside out, then be willing to go to the cross to change the world. And believe me, we will go to the cross, in many different ways, because standing up for what is right and good and new causes all manner of slings and arrows to be thrown your way. The path of light is not easy. It’s often frustrating. But it is the only path that we, as people of God, can walk with any integrity. It is the only path we can walk if we are going to be participants in the creation of God’s new, loving, peaceful and completely different world.
Prayer: Make me an instrument of your peace, Holy God, and ignite the loving light of Christ within me, a light powerful enough to destroy the inevitable brick walls and closed minds any instrument of change runs into. Amen.