Today’s newspapers and news broadcasts, this week’s (any week’s) issues of Time, Newsweek, and U.S. News and World Report, all have one thing in common. They tell of national and international problems and evil individual actions that are the result of spiritual darkness. Our Lord said, “This is the judgment, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil” (John 3:19).

But for this situation, dark though it may be, God has provided the remedy, set forth in the words of our Lord himself: “I am the light of the world; he who follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” (John 8:12).

The sun that shines in the heavens gives light and heat, thereby sustaining physical life. America is blanketed with corporations that bear as part of their name the words “light” and “power” and these giant companies provide great physical comfort for us.

Just as surely as physical light and warmth have been provided, the Son of God came into the world to give spiritual light, life, and power. Why, then, is this spiritual light rejected, or at best neglected?

Considering themselves wiser than God, men look to philosophy, reason, science, organizations, and even formal religion for light, and then wonder why they cannot find their way. Ignoring the words of the psalmist; “In thy light we do see light,” and of Christ himself; “He who follows me will not walk in darkness,” they continue to plod on in the dark, stumbling over situations and relationships in every area of life.

The Apostle Paul’s words to the Christians in Rome hold good today: “Claiming to be wise, they became fools … because they changed the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the ...

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