Monday, July 18, 2016

THE DARK SIDE

Monday, July 18, 2016


                                                     The dark side
 
America is under a great attack from the dark side. 
Police killings, terrorist attacks, racial unrest, corruption
, finger-pointing, demagoguery are all part of the obvious
 problems. It seems like the floodgates of evil have been
 opened and the demons are having a field day. Some
 will call it judgment, others will say it's consequences.
 Irrespective of your perspective, it is obvious that 
there are deep-rooted issues that need to be addressed.
 They are issues that have come to a head after years
 of bad leadership-both spiritual and political. Until
 there are changes in leadership, these types of
 issues will continue. We cannot keep doing the
 same thing and expect different results. This is 
how the dark side arises.
 
The question is, "What can we do?" Many want
 me to tell them what to do. That is not my charge
, nor my calling. But I can encourage you. In the
 deepest darkest night, the ships in the ocean look
 upon the horizon for signs of danger. If they see
 a lighthouse, they know they are approaching 
land and must exercise caution. That little bit 
of light shines through the darkness and gives
 direction, hope and safety. Those of us who 
proclaim Christianity have a particular calling i
n times like these. Jesus said in Matthew 5:14,
 "You are the light of the world. A city that is set
 on an hill cannot be hid." Ephesians 5:8 says,
 "For you were once darkness, but now are you
 light in the Lord: walk as children of light."
 
Those who do not know the Lord cannot be held 
to the same standard as those of us who do. Yes
, they need to obey the laws and understand that
 taking a life, or lives, is wrong. But in the absence
 of the light of the world, which is Jesus Christ, are
 their hearts changed beyond the law? Romans 
10:13-15 says, "For whosoever shall call upon 
the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then 
shall they call on him in whom they have not
 believed? and how shall they believe in him of 
whom they have not heard? and how shall they
 hear without a preacher? And how shall they
 preach, except they be sent? as it is written, 
How beautiful are the feet of them that preach
 the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of
 good things!"
 
You can make a difference. In fact, you are called
 by Christ to make a difference. Jesus said in 
Matthew 5:16, "Let your light so shine before
 men, that they may see your good works, 
and glorify your Father who is in heaven.
" America is experiencing a great darkness. 
Within you is the light of Christ. As Paul exhorts
 in Romans 13:10-12, "Love works no ill to his
 neighbor: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.
 And this, knowing the time, that now it is high time
 to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer
 than when we believed. The night is far spent, the 
day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of 
darkness, and let us put on the armor of light." While
 many seek a political solution to the darkness, the
 best remedy for the dark side is the Light of Christ.
 You have it. Share it as the Holy Spirit leads you.
BILL WILSON

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