Friday, November 14, 2008

Dim Christians and Veiled Truth

Contemporary atheists, such as Richard Dawkins, refer to Christians as “dim”, saying we’re unenlightened to the human-centered worldview that embraces a world without God. I find that interesting because “Dim” is a good adjective to describe what light looks like through a veil. In the Bible it says, “our gospel is veiled…to those who are perishing,” because “the god of this world [Satan] has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ.” (2 Corinthians 4:3-4)

The gospel of Jesus is a light that shines in our hearts. Yet many people reject that light and go to great lengths to turn it off in their lives, even rejecting the person who brought it to them. It’s like when you’ve been sleeping in total darkness for a long time, and someone comes in and flips the switch on a 500-watt bulb. What face do you make? What reaction do you have? What is your first priority in that moment? How do you treat the person who flipped the switch?

So if you’re trying to help someone else understand the truth of Jesus, don’t get discouraged if they try and push you away. Some people are ready to be awakened and can’t wait to get out of the darkness. Other people need time to acclimate and wake up to God gradually. And still others will choose the darkness at all costs, even unto eternity.

Our job is to bring the light of the gospel to the world. And it is through that gospel that God shines into the hearts of men and women and opens the eyes of those who will see.

Darkness is the absence of light. Light is not the absence of darkness; it is the remover of darkness. In other words, light wins.

“For God, who said, "Let light shine out of darkness," has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” (2 Corinthians 4:6)