Back in my high school English class, I remember writing a paper about the image of "light" in one of William Faulkner's novels. Nearly two thousand years earlier, Jesus had already used "light" imagery in his teaching. For example, Jesus told Nicodemus:
"the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God" (John 3:19-21, ESV).
On today's Footsteps, Don Shenk of The Tide tells the story of a local village priest (of a non-Christian faith) who wanted to smash a man's radio because he was listening to a Christian station and using the radio to plant churches. Obviously, this priest hated the light because he was living in darkness. However, as he "would stand on the sidelines and listen," the light of Christ shone into the priest's life and exposed his sin. As a result, the man set aside his priestly responsibilities and accepted Jesus as his Savior. May God be praised!
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