Looking out the window from my workspace at home I see an incredibly beautiful mountain view. It’s a bright and glorious day!
But when I turn on the television, everything becomes dark and gloomy. Terrorism at the Boston Marathon, Ricin-laced letters to government officials, a horrendous explosion at a fertilizer plant in Texas, nuclear developments in Iran, threats from North Korea…
Should I leave the TV off, and just pretend that everything is the way it seems at my window? Or I should I close the shades and get my view of the world from the TV?
Fortunately I have another source of information between the two. My Bible is open on the table, and in it I see that darkness does exist, and it may be getting worse, but it can never overcome the light! The Gospel of John starts this way:
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.– John 1:1-4 (NIV)
I read something recently that suggested that those who are expecting a literal return of Christ to set up His kingdom are experiencing an “abortion of hope” because they ignore the responsibility to make things better. Supposedly they are obsessed with “doom and gloom,” and just want to survive until Jesus returns.
To the contrary, the history of Missions in the past century shows that Christians have led the way in disaster relief efforts, feeding the hungry, healing the sick, improving living conditions, and insisting on justice.
Who has led the way in these enterprises? It has mostly been evangelical Christians who do expect a future establishment of God’s kingdom when Jesus returns, but who realize that they already belong to that kingdom, and Jesus is already their King. They pray for God’s Kingdom to come to earth as it is in heaven (Matthew 6:10). Their good works are helping to establish outposts of that Kingdom in their homes, churches, and mission stations. They are Ambassadors of Christ, bringing the light into dark places. They do all of this in order to have the privilege of sharing the Gospel with those who need salvation most of all.
Jesus said, “I am the light of the world” (John 8:12). He also told His disciples (and us), “You are the light of the world” (Matthew 5:14-16). Today we have the opportunity to be part of great prayer movements, like the National Day of Prayer on May 2, inspiring mission activity and the prospect of a great revival in our time. Visit our Revival page at Prophecy Central for inspiring news and ways that you can be involved. We especially encourage you to enlist as a “Matthew” in Billy Graham’s last great evangelistic effort called “My Hope.” It is starting now and will peak in November with a Gospel message that will be seen by millions.
What I see out of my window is not the whole picture. What I see on TV is not the whole picture either. What I see in the Bible is that the increasing darkness of evil is trying to eclipse God’s beautiful work, but the light of Jesus and His Gospel is greater than the gloom.
In the words of an old Christian song, “The darker the night, the brighter the light shines!”