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See the Light

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.”  — Martin Luther King Jr.

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. 

John 1:5 — ESV 

Many will say, “I don’t believe in God” or “I cannot believe in God anymore.” This is so sad — but for a Christian parent it cuts even harder when hearing these words from the mouth of her own child/ren.

“Where have I gone wrong? Why won’t they believe in God? What did I do, or didn’t do, so they have gone astray?” a mother will ask herself.

In Romans we read that there really aren’t any atheists — people who deny that there is a God: 

For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. 

Romans 1:19-20 — ESV

But if they (really) know that there is a God, why would they willingly chose to deny Him? And why would someone, who grew up in a Christian home, ever want to run away from God instead to Him?

Listen to what Gene Veith writes about this:

A young man is raised in a Christian home and has some measure of belief in Christ. He then becomes involved in some sort of overt sin. This can be any sin — pride, covetousness, addiction, dishonoring of parents, worldliness. It is often a sexual sin. He has the honesty and presence of mind to realize that this favorite sin is incompatible with the Christian faith. He has the moral sensitivity to experience guilt.

There are two ways he can respond. He may repent of the sin and turn to Christ to receive full and free forgiveness. Or he may hold on to the sin, treasure it, and refuse to give it up either overtly or emotionally. He starts to center his life around the sin, to seek from it consolation, help, and escape, to find in it, in effect, the meaning of his life.

But what about the guilt? If he is not interested in repenting and being forgiven, then there is only one way to tend the torment: to reject whatever it is that brands his life as evil. If what I am doing is not really wrong, then I can “feel good about myself.” If there is no objective standard of right and wrong, I can do as I please. If there is no God, then I am not a sinner.

Gene Edward Veith in Loving God with All Your Mind (Crossway 2003), p. 79

Sin is strong and keeps us away from the Light. When we cling to our sin we will stay in darkness. When we chose to repent and be forgiven we come to the Light who is the only One that overcomes darkness itself!

I wandered so aimless, life filled with sin
I wouldn’t let my Dear Savior in
Then Jesus came like a stranger in the night
Praise the Lord I saw the light

Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that. 

Martin Luther King Jr.

The Bow In the Cloud

What’s the rainbow all about?

Have you ever seen a rainbow? Surely you have! Do you know how this beautiful spectacle comes into existence? Do you know its purpose?

How do rainbows happen?

The wisdom of the world tells us that a rainbow (simply) happens when rain and sunlight mix. Sunlight is actually made up of colors we don’t (usually) see. When rain and sunlight come together, meaning, if the beam of the light hits the raindrops, the beautiful colors become visible — and we see them in form of a bow in the sky.

But it is more — way more — than just a rainbow in the sky! 

What does God’s Word say about rainbows? 

And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant that I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations: I have set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth. 

Genesis 9:12-13 ESV

“Look a rainbow!”

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It’s a shame that many times, whenever we see His Bow in the clouds, we continue to go about our own business. Why don’t we stand in awe? Why not stop for a minute to dwell on the thought of its meaning for us? Thank God for His Covenant with us — the future generations.

I have kept two children’s books from the time I’ve spent sitting on the bed reading to my son. One of them is called Noah and God’s Promises (1985, by Gloria A. Truitt). It’s a lovely poem about Noah’s Flood. Listen to the last three stanzas of it:

“I’ll never bring a flood again
To cause all flesh to die;
The symbol of My vow will be
A rainbow in the sky.

Now when the storm clouds gather, and
Big raindrops start to fall,
We do not have to be afraid…
God’s promise we’ll recall.

The suns will shine! God told us so!
And through those shining rays
We’ll see His sign, the rainbow, and
To God we’ll offer praise.

(Emphasis mine)

We shouldn’t neglect to teach these things to our children — in our homes, on field trips, while going for walks, when putting them to bed and again at the breakfast table.

You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. 

Deuteronomy 6:7 ESV

They need to know! 1) Show them the rainbow. 2) Tell them of God’s promise. 3) Give praise to God!

Dear Christian, we need to stand in awe! Look at the rainbow again. Think about zooming it until it’s right before your eyes. Can you see the beauty, the brightness — the glory of it? Ezekiel 1:28 says:

Like the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud on the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness all around. Such was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. And when I saw it, I fell on my face, and I heard the voice of one speaking. 

(Speaking about The Glory Of the LORD — Ezekiel 1:4-28)

 

Books — Worldview

As a Christian, did you ever struggle when looking at unbelievers who seem to have it all together, who seem to be favored to your disadvantage and who always seem to have the right answers?

Loving God With All Your Mind — Thinking as a Christian in the Postmodern World by Gene Edward Veith is a book about Christian life and worldview. It’s one of these books I keep coming back to again and again.

I like to work with books — underlining, highlighting and adding comments to them. This is one I couldn’t put down, one I heavily and joyfully worked with. Now it’s on my shelf along with pages of notes — serving as a great reference book about worldview and Christian life.

Christians, have you ever shook your head watching an unbeliever’s behavior or listening to some of his words? Have you asked yourself: “How in the world…?”

Trying to have another child, I went to a special clinic for a while. There they fought with all kinds of medication and tests and surgeries for women who couldn’t get pregnant or for those who kept on losing their children due to miscarriage. My doctor herself was a victim of failed pregnancies. She gave much to help women like me carry their babies to term. I thought I was in “the best hands” that time. At some point, though, I stopped seeking help from this clinic. What shocked me was that, also they assisted expectant mothers, they also performed abortions. Sitting in the waiting room, looking at a baby bump of a woman, knowing she might be there to have an abortion — just the thought of it felt so painful, so awkward.

Some of the answers you will find in this book…

How can we, as Christians, meet thoughts of the secularists? Can we be or become “ten times better” than the “magicians and enchanters” of this world? If so, how?

Have you ever asked yourself why someone fighting so eagerly to safe wales, tigers and other animals could ever be pro-choice? How can a person give her heart for a helpless animal and not be fighting for a defenseless human being?

How can people embrace humanity but, on the other side, be so far off when it comes to the purpose of life or the right to live?

I highly recommend this book, especially if you are looking for one about the Christian worldview.

Contents

Here are the three parts following the Preface and Introduction:

Part I — Getting Educated As A Christian Vocation
Education and the Bible
The University of Babylon

Part II — The Modern And the Postmodern Mind
The Attacks Against Christianity
The Exclusion of God
Traditionalists and Progressives
The Moral Issues
Intellectual Combat

Part III — The Christian Mind
The Communion of the Saints
The Magicians and the Enchanters
Creation and Creativity
Christianity as an Intellectual Framework
Conclusion: Loving God with All Your Mind