Thursday, May 27, 2021
The Bible says, “God is light, and in Him there is no darkness.” 1 Jn 1:6
Darkness is not a force equal to the light; darkness is defined as the partial or total absence of light. It similar to cold being the absence of heat. It’s similar to lies being the absence of truth. A counterfeit thing is an alteration of the original .
The way to corrupt the world is to turn off the light and forbid the truth. Why would anyone turn off light and forbid truth? Jesus said, they love darkness because their deeds are evil, Jn 3:19. People love lies? Yes, they love lies because their life is a lie. They benefit from deception. The government has to have a bureau of standards to make sure weights and measures are accurate. Without the force of government policing these things, the scales at the meat counter and the gas pump would cheat people to pay for more than they are getting. Why? Because men who have no light in them, who have rejected the truth of God, will tilt the scales to their benefit. When men turn away the light, they necessarily turn to darkness. The same with turning from truth, they turn to lies.
Think of places where God is not allowed to be mentioned. School? Workplace? Sports? Do we hear of the pledge of allegiance being banned because of the mention of God? Yes we do. Do we hear of football coaches being fired for leading a prayer? Yes we do. Do we hear of colleges and private schools being forced to permit things that are contrary to their faith? Yes, as in the case of the College of the Ozarks being forced to provide spaces for transvestites after Pres. Biden’s order.
Woe to those who suppress the truth and exchange darkness for light, Rom. 1:18; Isa 5:20. The devil and his lovers of darkness have this practice as their stock and trade. And to them, anyone must be silenced or killed who loves truth and who believes in living in the purifying light. It’s why Cain killed his brother because his brother was right and Cain loved doing his own thing. Abel was the light shining and pointing out his brother’s fault. It’s why the messenger is killed because his message is exposing unlawfulness and brings the message of truth. Jesus was killed by the Jewish leaders for this reason because their deeds were evil. Jesus was a bright shining beacon of light on their hypocritical lies. It’s why the mob that killed Stephen covered their ears as they rushed forward to stone the righteous man to death.
We have to ask ourselves if we love truth and if we are not playing a part in suppressing truth. Our American Constitution guarantees the freedom of speech. But are you really free to speak? “But you can’t yell ‘fire’ in a theater”, is the reply. Actually you can, but if anyone is hurt you could be fined or jailed. The point is that truth is dangerous to someone who loves darkness. If we are timid to tell the truth, the result is the lie gaining a foothold.
How did the world become corrupted? It became corrupt by turning away from God’s truth. The first man and woman turned away from God’s word and followed a lie. The world becomes corrupt when the truth is suppressed. Jesus said you are the light of the world. Has fear caused you to hide your light or is it still shining like a city on a hill. Someone said the only the needed for evil to win is for good men to do nothing. Be present as light and truth and darkness will be defeated.