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It might be easier to rationalize the things you do in the dark: You have motive to blame it on. While in pitch blackness you might be thrown off by a stranger’s touch because you obviously can not see who it is. Silence in the dark could be eerie, but why not? Is the dark comforting? Is it easy to judge your surroundings in the dark? Is it easy to survive in the dark?

Some do not yet have a choice.

Imagine going to an art show held in the deepest of all nights. It is so dark that you can not even see your hand in front of you. Someone asks what you think of the color contrast in the piece on the wall but you are dumb-founded in your response. Yet, people are turning out beautiful paintings in the dark all of the time.

There are even some artists who hang urinals on the walls of a gallery and call it art. How do you recognize good art from bad art in the dark, good music from bad?

How about the arguments put forth about the right to abort a baby in a mother’s womb? Is it possible for someone living in the dark to see the light of life yet to be born?

Solomon, quite possibly the wisest man who ever lived tells us, ‘Light is sweet, and it pleases the eyes to see the sun. However many years a man may live, let him enjoy them all. But let him remember the days of darkness, for they will be many.’ (Ecc. 11:7-8)

As followers of Christ, we are not free from the darkness. In fact, the darkness becomes even more potent than ever before. Our days in the light are sweet but the days of darkness are many because we wake up every day in them. Our salvation does not free us from the darkness but it does give us an option. That is why John writes, ‘If we walk in the light as He is in the light…’

Someone who is still in the darkness does not have that option.

Now, for a moment lets go back to our dark room. Imagine if I took a flashlight and, without you knowing it, stuck it directly in front of your face. I then proceed to flash the light in your eyes. Would that that not annoy, shock and fluster you??? Now imagine that after being in this dark room for several hours that I decided to flip on the room’s main light switch. Would you not be disgusted by the sudden change in atmosphere? Would you cover your face and wince your eyes?

What about those who have lived in the dark for their whole lives? When we shine our lights in their faces they might be caught off guard, maybe even disgusted. That is why it is important to not always pull out the Christian flood light on our unsaved friends. Moderation is the key to the term C.S. Lewis uses to describe the world we live in, the “Shadowlands.”
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