Sunday, December 26, 2021

Rejecting the Light

By Ron Bartanen


   “This is the condemnation that light is come into the world and men loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil” (John 3:19).

   Ignorance is a universal malady.  It is not that while some are smart, everyone else is ignorant.  The fact is that we are all ignorant—just about different things.  It is no disgrace to be ignorant.  The disgrace comes when we prefer ignorance over understanding—to stay ignorant when we should and could be enlightened.

   The most dangerous and deplorable ignorance is our ignorance of God.  To some degree God has revealed Himself to all men, so that we are “without excuse” (Rom. 1:20).  Even beyond His revelation through nature, the light of God is seen in Jesus Christ.  A willful rejection of that Light is especially inexcusable.   Because “their deeds are evil,” they do not wish to be answerable for their poor choices to One who is greater than themselves.  Job 24:13 speaks of those that “rebel against the light.”  While not wanting to walk in the light of Christ and His word, these also blind their own minds to the fact that Judgment is coming.  These will often deny God as Creator, choosing evolution as an alternative.  These will reject the moral standards of His word, choosing alternate lifestyles.  These will deny that God once destroyed the world by a great flood and are “willingly ignorant” also of the coming “day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men” (2 Pet. 3:5-7).

   Have you renounced Satan’s kingdom of darkness and embraced the King of light, Jesus Christ? Have you accepted Him as God’s Son and your Lord and Savior, repenting of sins and being baptized (Mark 16:15-16; Acts 2:38; 22:16)? If so, are you continuing to “walk in the light,” thus being constantly cleansed in the blood of Christ? (1 John 1:7).  Be warned: Jesus said, “If your eye is evil, your whole body will be full of darkness.  If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness” (Matthew 6:23).

- Ronald Bartanen is a retired minister who for many years served the Lord's church in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan and Tennessee. He may be contacted at:

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