Dealing with the darkness of the present era is a task that many wrestle with, some to the point of utter consternation.
I came across a brief statement by a man who lived a long time ago about how to deal with darkness. He was the son of a Catholic Priest and a doctor’s daughter. Illegitimacy was a serious flaw in those days, yet he remained a staunch Catholic throughout his life. History attributes several names to him. One respects his father’s name, Gerhard Gerhards, though throughout his life he went to great pains to clothe his background in a fog of secrecy.
His writings are to this day one of the foundation stones of many believers, yet his youth was at best sordid and thankfully he wrote strongly against such in his dotage. PTL.
This accomplished author, Gerhard Gerhards, said concerning darkness:
“Give light, and the darkness will disappear of itself.”
In light of this statement I gave thought to my sermons, writing, etc. and noted that I probably spend too much time writing about the dark. If I am to be of real help I should write more about the light, the solution, the force that dispels the darkness.
Concerning light, note what John says here John 1:5, “And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.” For the most part the word “comprehended” means they could not grasp the magnitude of who He is. A further look according to Albert Barnes means that they were so corrupt as to totally reject the light. Even more the word carries the idea in several trained minds that darkness was unable to overcome the light, meaning the powers of darkness are unable to overcome true Light which is Jesus Christ.
We must understand that as Christians we are of the Kingdom of Light and as such we must never give in to the darkness of whatever age in which we live. We are to ramp up the light of Jesus Christ who is in us and we in Him, and let our light shine through the deep, thick darkness that is engulfing the minds and hearts of un-enlightened men and women around the world.
By the way, Gerhard Gerhards is better known by his baptismal name, given when he was a few days old. Desiderius Erasmus, who produced the most widely used and bestselling Bible in history.
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