Larry Buford

Light and darkness cannot co-exist. Either you have light, or you have darkness, but never both at the same time. The same goes for hot or cold, wet or dry, straight or crooked, love or hate, right or wrong – get the picture?

However, we now seem to be living in a time where things are gray, because many of our so-called churches are not preaching and/or teaching the true Light which is Jesus Christ according to the bible. That Light, according to the gospel of Saint John, is the Word that was with God from the beginning. The bible says, “All things were made by him (the Word); and without him was not anything made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men.” [John 1: 3,4]

So, that being the case, that Light is to mankind what fuel is to an engine. How far do you think you would get if your car was low on fuel; you go to a filling station, and they had everything from the big sign out front to the Big Slurpee and everything in between, but the one thing you needed they did not have – fuel! That’s how many churches are. They have all the trappings, but things are gray. Like a cloudy day that does not let the s-u-n shine through; so it is with churches that don’t let the S-o-n shine through. Where is the light?

It’s a mean old world out there, and just like our bodies need food for energy, we need spiritual food just as much (if not more) as we travel life’s journey. To be honest, we know that most folks don’t spend time reading the bible for themselves, nor do they pray until they’re in some kind of trouble, or when they go to church, so it is incumbent upon church leaders to at least make sure they are well fed when they do come to church. Emotionalizing people with loud rhythmic music isn’t going to get it, nor is a sermon where the preacher is talkin’ loud and sayin’ nothin’! People need to be informed in spiritual matters, because their very lives (physical and spiritual) depend upon it.

The bible goes on to say: “He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” [John 1:10-13]. Even before Jesus came on the scene, the prophets of old who spoke God’s word were rejected, but there are many who believed and were counted as righteous according to Hebrews Chapter 11, commonly referred to as the Hall of Fame.

Before Jesus came, the world was burdened with legalism – people were compelled by the law. Jesus came to fulfill the law and to set mankind free: “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth…for the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ” [John 1:14,17]

How can people move from darkness to light? In times like these, this is especially the time to look up because as we look around, the world scene is getting bleaker and bleaker, and hope is fading fast at every turn. People need the light which is the life, and Jesus is the true Light of the world!

Larry Buford is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer. Author of “Things Are Gettin’ Outta Hand” (Steuben Pub) Visit the author at (213) 220-8101