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  • Writer's pictureJohn Whitehead

Directed by Darkness

Updated: Apr 24

Darkness appears to be all around us today as we go from one extreme to the next. Assuming we can agree this is true, we must then determine what darkness is and what it is not.


In simplest terms, darkness is the absence of light.


This is easily seen when we turn off the lights, in wilderness places or in the middle of the ocean on a moonless, starless night.


Unfortunately, there is another form of darkness that is not as easily seen.


The darkness to which I am referring is spiritual darkness. Here is where truth and morality have been replaced with a belief there is no right or wrong. Because this darkness is completely and utterly dark, it makes it impossible to know which way we should go.


Consequently, we see a world,” directed by darkness”.


In this absence of light, we see the presence of a darkness that preys on the need for validation and acceptance. We see hurts and pains from the past being used to justify anger and destruction in the present.


Our cultural current climate is revealing one of the darkest times our world has ever known. It rivals the dark ages themselves, as immorality and godlessness is being hailed as true and right while morality and God Himself are seen as destructive and bigoted.


We must understand, spiritual darkness allows evil to exist right in front of our eyes in forms we do not recognize. This evil feeds on one’s desire to be seen and heard by focusing on areas of individual biases and personal freedoms. It does so, while ignoring the effect those biases and freedoms are having.


This darkness tells us everything we do is normal, natural, and ultimately good. This is accomplished without much resistance because we all have a built-in tendency to believe we are good.


Ironically, if we are honest, we know this is not true. Because, we are not always good, and we do not always know what is best.


When people are “directed by darkness”, the venom and vitriol used to defend the need to be right is the evidence to my contention.


One thing I have learned over time, is the need to defend ourselves is only necessary when we know we have done something wrong. Therefore, the anger and animus we see regarding a myriad of issues gives credence to the reality that those who are angry, and upset are fully aware what they are doing is wrong when the light of truth exposes it.


So, what can be done to change direction as we continue headlong into darkness?


The answer is a world “directed by darkness” can only change by exposing it to the light. This must happen even when the darkness resists it.


To change the direction, we are headed requires everyone to choose whether they live in darkness or light.


I have chosen to allow the light to expose the darkness in my life. The light I am referring to is Jesus Christ. He is the Light of the World. He is allowing me to see through the darkness.


The question is what will you choose to direct to your life? Will it be light or darkness?


John 8:12, “Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness but will have the light of life.”



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