John 3:20 “Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed.”
I was reading a couple of articles just yesterday about the active hatred of Christianity in some quarters in America today. That is hard for me to grasp as real, yet it is clearly evident. One of the leading candidates for the current Supreme Court vacancy was attacked most strongly last year, in confirmation hearings for one of the high courts, for her very evident Christian faith, even though in every other area she was abundantly qualified. The fact that she lived by her faith, rather than treating it as a social accessory, was seen by some as very dangerous. If she is the soon-to-be-announced nominee, the fireworks will certainly start all over again. Actually, the fireworks have already started at the idea that the nominee will likely be someone at least similar to her. The devil, and thus the world, doesn’t care if we claim to be Christians, but as soon as we start living as born-again children of God, we have moved into enemy territory. If we live in committed obedience to God, our values and decisions will be counter to those of the world, and those who are in rebellion against God are terrified of such people being in positions of authority. The point for genuine Christians is to live as children of light, regardless. (Ephesians 5:8) The devil, through the world and those who live by its standards, is going to do his utmost to extinguish, or at least conceal, the light that emanates from every genuine believer. Jesus said to stand firm against that pressure. “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:14-16)
I’ve not encountered very much active opposition, which makes me wonder sometimes how well I’m letting my light shine the way Jesus said. The sad irony is that I feel like I’ve encountered more opposition within the church than from people outside it. I am to remember that I am an active danger to the devil, and make his fears come true! I’ve got to remember that people aren’t my enemies, the devil is, and pray actively for those he has deceived. I am to bring the love and power and light of Christ to bear on every situation I encounter, personally or even at a distance, so that I may be an agent of God’s kingdom as His will is done in and through me for His glory.
Father, thank You for this reminder. Thank You for the interview I saw with one man who had been firmly in the other camp until he chose to expose himself to people of faith, and discovered Your love. I pray that I would be an open channel of that love at all times, so that nothing may dim Your light shining through me, but rather many be drawn to You, for their salvation and Your glory. Thank You. Praise God!