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Bad things can happen when we walk in the dark. We don’t see the dangers around us, plus we can lose the path. Don’t we often think “if only I knew then what I know now, I would have done things differently”? We make decisions in the dark which come back to haunt us. We don’t know the path ahead.
In life and in relationships bad things happen when we are in the dark. We need light! There is good news:
This is the message we heard from Jesus and now declare to you: God is light, and there is no darkness in him at all. 1 John 1:5 (NLT)
A Major Disclaimer
First off, let us be sure to affirm that this is not about color.
There are very clear reasons for opposing racism given in the Bible, starting at the beginning with all of us being created in the image of God. Jesus likely had darker skin, darker hair and darker eyes than we normally envision. The Holy Spirit is poured out upon all different kinds of peoples without discrimination. The vision for the future given in the Book of Revelation has all different kinds of peoples together as one, yet unique, in the presence of God.
“God is light, and there is no darkness in him at all” is not about color. It is about illumination. It is about light that helps us see and appreciate color, all colors including light and dark colors. It is the light that enables us to see where we are going. It is the light that enables us to see how things really are. It is the light that enables things to grow and gives life.
So if God is light, what difference does that make for us?