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Lost In the Dark

One of America’s favorite pastimes seems to be that of railing against the darkness. We disdain the unjust acts of politicians who lie and line their pockets with dark money. We abhor corrupt religious leaders who use religion to further their misguided agendas. We tune into talk radio 24/7 and listen to unbridled criticism about other people who deserve to be ostracized, imprisoned, or even killed. We eat, drink and sleep negativity and wonder why we are so unhappy and fearful.

In a world that has so much potential for good, we have managed to focus on the most flawed, destructive qualities of human existence, without realizing what we are doing to ourselves and others.

The very things we curse we embrace! We hate darkness, yet we expel every glimmer of light when it tries to break through. We are our greatest enemy. It is not Republicans or Democrats that we should worry about most. Our problem is not racism, hate, or sexual deviancy. These are all symptoms of a larger issue that plagues us to no end! Our problem is darkness! We are lost in the dark!

Jesus 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” (John 8:12, NLT).

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About Rich DuBose

Rich DuBose

is director of Church Support Services for the Pacific Union Conference.

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