The Darkness cannot comprehend

This morning in church, I was thinking about my column “The Rage of the Left” that I posted this morning. And I began to think of how I used to be. If you’ve read the About Dianny page here at Patriot Retort, you know that I was once a raging, screaming Leftist. I was lost in that blinding darkness of anger and hatred.

And now I’m not.

As I sat in church this morning, I considered how my life has gone from darkness to light. This is the Light from God. I thought of John, chapter one:

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. [John 1:1-5]

“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.”

With that lack of understanding comes fear. And from that fear comes anger and rage. Those lost in darkness, are … well, lost.

And as I reflected on this, it occurred to me that rage met with rage remains, well, rage.

Rage met with love? That can be transformative.

As it was in my life.

I understand the anger and frustration that many are feeling over the SCOTUS decision.

I’m angry. But, as I mentioned the other day, my anger stems from SCOTUS assigning to itself the authority to A) legislate and B) dole out “fundamental rights.”

Neither of these roles belong to the Supreme Court.

My frustration is in our abandonment of republicanism, the sovereignty and authority of individual states, the separation of powers, and the sovereignty of the individual.

I cannot stress this enough. My anger and frustration is not with my fellow Americans who happen to be gay. It is with radical Leftists who, in their quest to destroy America, are doing everything they can to undermine the Judeo-Christian foundations on which this nation was established.

This full-frontal assault on Christians is what angers me.

This hatred for those who have left the darkness for the Light is what frustrates me.

Last week, after the brutal slaughter of nine Christians at the Emanuel AME church in Charleston, in my post The Body of Christ, I shared these words of Jesus from the Gospel of John:

“If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, because of this the world hates you.” [John 15:18-19]

Of course Christians are attacked and vilified. We are not in the Darkness. We are in the Light of God — a Light the Darkness cannot comprehend.

Jesus is the Light of the World. His life, the light of all men. A light that shines in the darkness.

And what happens to darkness when a light shines through?

It ceases to be.

Naturally, this Darkness will fight for its survival. That means trying to destroy the Light.

In His life, Jesus was hounded by those who sought to discredit Him, to attack and vilify Him. They followed Him from town to town as He ministered to the people. They would seek to trip Him up time and again.

Think of them as the biblical version of reporters from CNN — forever trying to catch Jesus in a lie or in some hypocrisy.

For example:

Then it happened that as Jesus was reclining at the table in the house, many tax collectors and sinners came and were dining with Jesus and His disciples. When the Pharisees saw this, they said to His disciples, “Why is your Teacher eating with the tax collectors and sinners?” When Jesus heard this He said, “It is not those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick. But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire compassion, and not sacrifice,’ for I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” [Matthew 9:10-13]

As Christians we understand that, not being of the world we will be persecuted by the world. We embrace the light of Christ — a light the Darkness cannot comprehend.

Like vampires, they recoil from the Light. They fear it. And out of their fear, they attack.

As infuriating as the Left is, I understand that their rage comes from a place of darkness and sin.

We are, all of us, created in the image of God. Created by God. “Apart from Him, nothing came into being that has come into being.”

As God’s creations, it is natural to long for that Light, that spark of the divine.

And yet those who show such hate — like Dylann Storm Roof, like ISIS, like these hateful Leftists who hurl despicable, bitter words at Christians — they resent that spark. They despise the very Light that, apart from Him, they would not even exist.

It is a Light they cannot comprehend because they are lost, as I was, in darkness.

How can I hate someone who is so lost in darkness?

I can’t.

I feel pity.

Jesus did not come to call the righteous, but the sinners.

As much as I may want to say, “to hell with you hateful people,” as a Christian, I am called to pray for them. To lift them up to the One who can draw them out of that darkness and into the Light.

It isn’t always easy. I’m not Jesus. I am not sinless. I am a flawed human being. I see the hateful things being tweeted out to my brothers and sisters in Christ and I can tell you Jesus’ command that I love my enemies, is not number one on my list of things to do.

But I must. Because He wasn’t called for the righteous.

I must love my enemies and pray for those who persecute me.

As Jesus hung from the cross, after having been beaten and scourged, mocked, ridiculed, spat upon, from the cross, as men stood below him mocking him saying, “If you are the son of God, come down from there,” from the cross, He lifted His eyes to heaven and prayed, “Father forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”

If Jesus can forgive those who put him through unspeakable things — things he endured so that I may be forgiven — who am I to not forgive those who mock me and vilify me for my faith in Him?

Darkness can be overcome.

Evil can be overcome.

Jesus is the Light — His life the Light of all men.

Jesus said:

“I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.” [John 8:12]

This is the Light that should shine in my life. And yes, it is a light the Darkness cannot comprehend.

But I was once lost in that Darkness of hate and rage.

And if the Light of salvation could penetrate this hardened heart of mine, who am I not to pray for those still lost?

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