Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Light that Pushes back the Darkness
"In Him(Christ) was light and that light was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it. " (John 1. 5)
A couple of weekends ago we were with some friends going out to eat. We ended up in a not-so-nice part of a downtown city. I didn't really think much about it - I had lived in an inner-city area one summer in college. But some in the group were a little nervous about walking through that part of town. I understood where they were coming - they just aren't exposed to that in their normal life.
After dinner we had about a whole pizza left and one of the gals brought it with her and gave it away. One pan-handler flat out rejected it - wanting money instead. Some guys by a tattoo parlor wanted it, and gave her a thank-you hug.
In that kind of moment all I could think of was that verse.
Our ignorance about them - darkness.
Their assumptions about us - all darkness.
Being afraid of each other- darkness.
The love of Christ to reach out - light.
And that light always wins.