“Whoever says, “I am the light,” while hating a brother or sister, is still in the darkness. Whoever loves a brother or sister lives in the light.” (I John 2:9-10a from I John 2:1-11)
You can’t claim to walk they way Jesus walked, and hate your brother or sister. So either a good portion of the world is lying or . . . well, actually there is no “or”. They are lying. And living in darkness. Now, it is one thing to live in darkness and say “I have not chosen to live in light.” People make that choice all the time. But to live in darkness and say, “You are mistaken my friend, there is light where I live” means not only DO they live in darkness but they are dangerous.
Say I am exaggerating, if you will. But a person who wants you to believe their darkness is light, would have you believe other things that could be harmful to you. Of course, we are talking in metaphors and allegories. Light or dark is a factor of the sun during the day and the moon and stars at night. Light or dark comes at the flick of a light switch, the flicker of a candle or flame, or the click of a flash light or lantern.
When we say Jesus “walks in the light” or is the “Light” we do not mean the illumination of color spectrum. We are talking about actions and interactions; we are talking about right relationships, justice, and shalom. We are talking about issues of the soul and spirit, eternal life or endless discipline and punishment. We are talking about issues that start in this world but end in the world to come. So if you want to say “I love all my brothers and sister” when in fact you pick and chose who you love, or you hate all of them – go ahead. Turn on the light switch and “light up” your life. But God will know, and you will know that your falseness will eat away at you until your soul and spirit are so corrupted that there is no future for you. And it will be worse than darkness. Because nothing will relieve utter alienation of being outside of Jesus’ will and mission for humanity.
May you gentle reader follow the path of compassion and care that Jesus has set forth. May you walk in the path of Christ that leads to pleasant places in this world and the next. Selah! And shalom for your day!