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  • Writer's pictureJohn Whitehead

The Edge of Darkness

Updated: Dec 27, 2022

A world devoid of light is a world filled with darkness. The power of darkness is strong and can be overwhelming until light is introduced.

We are and have always been living on “the edge of darkness “. How do I know? Simply because so many cannot see it, nor do they care. This darkness is closing in from every direction and it appears the darker it becomes the more people are being drawn to it.

This is not a soapbox for me. This is an observation based on my perception. Does that make it right? Possibly not, but it is very hard to dispute.

This darkness is seen in the belief in relativism and the acceptance of things and issues we know are not true under the guise of caring and understanding. The idea one can ignore darkness simply by spinning it as caring is probably one of the most insidious things that can be done.

It is insidious because it is being accepted and carried out by so many.

The idea of the sexualization of children and the claim of multiple genders is a clear example of how close to the “edge of darkness” we are. Here is where the use of being caring and understanding will cause many to become angry and shutdown. Others will construe this as an attack on people which is blatantly false. My contention is to demonstrate, people are being overwhelmed by darkness.

I would also like to make it clear; I do not see myself as the judge or the arbitrator of truth. I am simply a man who believes darkness can consume us if we are not careful.

If there is a possibility my presumption is true, the question becomes how do we move away from the “edge of darkness”? The answer is; we do so by moving toward the light.

As with any challenge to culture, a move away from darkness will take time, patience and understanding. This is true because anytime you introduce light into a dark place it takes a minute for your eyes to adjust.

The light I am referring to is not manmade nor is based on a set of rules or doctrine. This light is Jesus Christ and is based in truth and filled with love for everyone. So, if we are going to be able to see how close we are to darkness, we must turn the lights on and be okay with what see.

The beauty here is if we look closely, we will not see judgment, anger, and hate. Instead, we will see acceptance, caring and love. This acceptance, caring and love will not be of the darkness in our lives, but of the light that exists in our hearts.

Can we, do it? Can we acknowledge it is possible we are on “the edge of darkness” and in desperate need of light, or we will sit in darkness until we go over the edge?

My hope is we will recognize our need for the light.

I will close with this. The light of the world has come to help us find a way out of the darkness. The question is, will we be moving away from “the edge of darkness” before we are consumed by it?

The answer will be evident as the light exposes the darkness all around us!

John 8:12, “Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.”

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