Jesus is the light of the world, and we who name the name of Jesus get to represent him—even to be light. I wrote a book called Be Light because I want to expose the light that God has given us, equipping us with the necessary spiritual and intellectual tools, not to just survive but to thrive. I want Christians to be empowered by God to be light, to shine and to change our world.

As you’ll remember from the Gospel of John:

In the beginning was the word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in darkness and the darkness has not overcome it (John 1:1-5, NIV).

There are striking parallels between the laws that govern light and how we should attempt to be light in this world.

By definitionlight is “something that makes things visible or affords illumination.” How often have we considered what we might illuminate? Are there people or issues that have been forgotten in the shadow of darkness that I need to bring to light? Surely those living in the shadows of poverty and illiteracy are in need of the light! We can shine light into this dark space by ensuring that all children living in poverty have access to good schools with high standards.

Light is synonymous with learning. If we are to be true lights in this world, we want to think deeply, reason well. We know that we are limited in some ways as humans, but we still long to know ourselves, one another, and our God as fully as the light of knowledge will allow. We live to dispel ignorance and abhor superstition. We need the light of learning, the light ...

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