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
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