What I Read Today;
2 Timothy 1; John 12; Isaiah 47; Psalm 80; Deuteronomy 23-24
John 12:35-36, “Jesus said to them, “The light is with you for a little longer. Walk while you have the light, so that the darkness may not overtake you. If you walk in the darkness, you do not know where you are going. While you have the light, believe in the light, so that you may become children of light.” NRSV
It sure seems dark out there.
A lot of people are stumbling around. The Coronavirus panic is now in full swing. As I write this on Sunday the 15th, we seem to have lost our collective minds. I just read that grocery stores are closing early, and on-line vendors are running out of toilet paper and hand sanitizer. Schools have been shut down, at least until the end of March. The news media, who’s not helping the situation, is running 24/7 coverage of the Coronavirus. Social media is running amok.
Fear is now in charge.
But fear does not have to be in charge. Our nation has lived through things much worse than this. We survived 9/11. The Ebola outbreak never touched our shores. We lived through gas shortages in the 70s and price gouging in the 2000s. Hurricanes, earthquakes, and tornados have failed to break us. Perspective would do us a little good right about now.
What concerns me most is the hoarding that is going on. People so worried about saving their own skin that they take more than they need and leave the shelves empty. Those who are unable to get out or the poor who can’t afford to buy extra get left in the dark. That’s where we end up when we make everything about ourselves.
Maybe that is what Jesus is talking about when he talks about “walking in darkness.” Jesus gave us strict instructions to care about one another. To love one another. Yet we see our society plunge into a frenzy of self-preservation.
That’s what happens when we turn our backs on God. As our society has slipped away from the faith once kept us steady, moments like this get bleaker and bleaker.
I know it sounds cliche, but it really is time to get back to God. It really is vital to proclaim the Gospel to a lost generation. It’s time to let the light of Christ shine in the darkness and wake up our sleeping faith!