Shot of the sun reflecting off the front of my church’s building.
“This is the message we have heard from him and proclam to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.” – I John 1:5-7
This past Monday, I went to Mammoth Cave National Park with my boys. At one point in the tour, they turn out all the lights to show you how dark it is in the cave. You literally cannot see your hand in front of your face. I started to wave my hand in front of my face to see if that made any difference. It didn’t, but my mind started playing ticks on me. I had the sensation that I could see my hand waving. In reality, I couldn’t, but my mind was creating a false reality in the absence of any light. My mind then turned to this thought after this lights were turned back on; sin functions in the exact same way. Sin is darkness and there is no light there because God cannot exist where sin is present. Those who live in sin and darkness actually have no idea how blind and how dark it really is. Their mind has created a false reality in which they see. Their hand moving in front of their face is “seen”. They continue in their sin because their nature has tricked in them into believing that their reality is true. Sin causes such sensory deprivation that we are unable to differentiate between myth and truth. It is only when the light of Christ is shone into our hearts that reality sets in and truth is finally seen and known. Finally, with seeing eyes we are able to walk out of the caves of sin and return to the surface, basking in the warmth and light of God.