Published November 4, 2014

Paul's Epistle...
"Getting Darker"

Does the world seem to you to be getting darker every day?

Of course, the return to Standard Time last weekend does seem to make the whole world a little darker. It now gets dark an hour earlier than it did just last week.1 (Unfortunately, there go our long after-work exercise walks until spring.)

But perhaps this physical manifestation of increasing darkness is but a metaphor for the increasing spiritual darkness in our world. It's everywhere.

Just look at a few recent headlines:

We can look at all of these things – and the many other examples you can find in the newspaper every day – and say, "Well, it's clearly a sign of the end" – and do nothing else. Or we can take it as a call to action. Christ called His followers to be "salt" and "light" in this dark world (Matthew 5:13-16). That's a call to action – to season, to impact the society around us with the Gospel. It's a call graciously to shine our light — the light of the Gospel — into the dark recesses of society. And it's a call to stand up for Biblical truths, when prevalent societal lies increasingly assault our faith.

As Christ told Paul, who later quoted Him to King Agrippa, "I am sending you to them to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me" (Acts 26:17-19). That is a beautifully concise statement of both the "what" and the "why."

We are all, as Christians, commissioned in this way. As the world grows darker, the true Light is needed more than ever. And, as in a dark room, even a small light shines brightly.

Let your light shine for the Lord. Those all around you – your neighbors, your co-workers, your friends, your family – desperately need it.

- Paul

1. Yes, the daylight hours are about the same as last week – it gets light earlier in the morning now. But the length of daylight hours continues to diminish until December 21st or thereabouts.
2. Dr. James Dobson's October 2014 newsletter.
3. Rev. Billy Graham, Sept. 30 column for Decision magazine.

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