This is the judgement, that the light has come into the world

John 3:19-21 NRSV

19 And this is the judgment, that the light has come into the world, and people loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil. 20 For all who do evil hate the light and do not come to the light, so that their deeds may not be exposed. 21 But those who do what is true come to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that their deeds have been done in God."

I believe the church needs to come to better understand John’s metaphor of God being the light.  God’s light is a judgement.  Here there is no tension between understanding God’s light, life, love and holiness.  They all expose the darkness that exists in all of us.  There are two directions we can go.  We can courageously walk toward the light even though it shows us what we really are, what we are ashamed to be.  We can embrace the darkness as we hide from ourselves and run from the truth.

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