Thursday, January 22, 2015

1 John 1:5 -- On Letting Go of the Darkness

"This then is the message we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all."
1 John 1:5

Life is complicated.  Sometimes we look at the story and we can't always tell the good guys from the bad guys.  We don't always even know what side we ourselves are on all the time.  We get caught up in the gray area, not sure what direction we are facing.  And I am not saying... God is not saying... that the world is black and white and that all decisions are clear and easy to make.  But I think the point is, here and elsewhere in the scriptures, that *we* need to make things clearer.  We need to take a stand for the right.  We need to wear the white hats all the time.  We need to walk in the light, and let go of ALL of our darkness.  We can't embrace the gospel only on Sundays, or worship God only when it is convenient.  We can't get as close to the line between evil and good as possible and say that we are still dedicating our lives to the Lord.  God's message and example are clear.  In him is no darkness at all.
Today, let's uncomplicate our lives a little and work on making it clear whose side we are on.  We're the good guys.  We're making things better, not worse.  We're about love, and good, rather then hate and evil.  And if that isn't clear, and if it is more complicated than that, then maybe we need to take a step back and let go of some of the darkness.  We are supposed to be lights to the world.  Let's follow God's example.  Let's dump the dark, and stand up and shine.

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