Walking in the Light

These are dark days for America. We are called to walk in the light. Light shining in darkness serves as a beacon of hope for some and as an unwanted exposure for others. To walk in the light means we desire to walk in both truth and love. This is not an easy task. It always requires courage. We must draw upon the love of God shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit (Romans 5:5). All people are to be treated with dignity and respect because all people are made in the image of God. But how we treat people is an issue completely apart from rejecting the redefining of the most basic of human institutions. This new, contorted definition is a defiance of the Scriptures. Not all ideologies have their source in God and that is how their merit (or lack of merit) is to be weighed. We accept or reject ideologies based on whether they agree with God’s character and His will. The final word on any subject does not rest with man, even courts, but with God. As theologian G. K. Chesterton observed, “Fallacies do not cease to become fallacies because they become fashions.”

The 240 year reprieve in the United States to worship and propagate one’s faith without fear of reprisal seems to be coming to a rapid end. Each generation of Christians must live out what it means to be faithful to the gospel in their time. Throughout most of history those who walk in the light have experienced both personal peace and pronounced persecution. Let’s remember Luther’s wise words when he refused to recant his position because he was convinced it was consistent with Scripture: “I consider myself convicted by the testimony of Holy Scripture, which is my basis; my conscience is captive to the Word of God. Thus I cannot and will not recant, because acting against conscience is neither safe nor sound. God help me.” God help us all.