2290Lights in the Dark by Rembert Truluck
- Feb 1, 2004"LIGHTS IN THE DARK"
Rembert Truluck. Update for Sunday, February 1, 2004
Thank you for passing this on to others.
We are living in dark times. All of the news that I see now about
GLBT people and the public acceptance of same-sex romantic
relationships and marriage is gloomy and depressing. State after
state is moving swiftly to pass anti-gay legislation into law and
forbid gay marriage, denysame-sex partner benefits and take away
other civil and human rights from being enjoyed by GLBT people. What
can we do? We can be lights that shine clearly in the darkness.
The "Ex-Gay" homophobic religious establishment is generating most of
this darkness with the willing cooperation of greedy politicians and
misinformed social and community leaders. Now Bill Fritz, the Senate
Majority Leader, who is a medical doctor from Tennessee, has come out
against giving any recognition to GLBT partnerships.
LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE
You can demonstrate in your own life the love, honor, self-acceptance
and respect that you expect from others. Jesus said: "You are the
light of the world; Let your light shine, so that others may see your
good works and glorify God." (Matthew 5:14-16: See link below.)
It is always better to light one candle than to curse the darkness.
How can you become a more effective light in the world? One way is
to learn all you can about Jesus and to follow the Spirit of Jesus in
your own life to demonstrate the powerful positive light of truth and
love in your relationships with others. Small group study in homes
is a great setting for this kind of learning and dialogue. Use my
web site and book as practical guides and for information.
Try reading through the Gospel of John in a good large print literal
translation (such as the New American Standard Bible). It can be
done in one sitting, but you probably will profit from better
understanding if you take several sessions to read and meditate on
all of it.
READ AND STUDY PHILIPPIANS 2:12-18
After speaking of working out your own liberation ("salvation") with
fear and trembling, Paul says some important words: "Do all things
without grumbling or disputing; that you may prove yourselves to be
blameless and innocent, children of God above reproach in the midst
of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights
in the world."
You can make a difference simply by being different.
BURN IN ORDER TO SHINE
Light consumes energy. To be a light in the darkness is costly and
consumes your energy and time. You have to burn to shine.
What do you need to let go and give up in order to shine as a much
needed light in the darkness of your world today? You are an
individual and your situation is not exactly like that of anyone
else. You have to decide for yourself what direction your life
should take now in order for you to let go and become the light that
changes the darkness into truth and love around you.
DIE TO LIVE
Jesus gave a lot of emphasis to letting go so that you can really
live. "Deny yourself, take up your cross, and follow me." Taking up
the cross does not mean getting sick or losing your job. It means to
follow Jesus in taking responsibility for the faults and failures of
others and do what you can to stand with others who suffer.
One of my favorite stories is of the little boy who was sick and
needed a blood transfusion. The doctor suggested that the boy's
younger brother, who had the same blood type, should be the donor.
The parents talked to both of the boys and explained the situation.
They asked the younger brother if he would give blood for his
brother. The little boy thought for a while and then nodded his
head and said that he would.
The next day before they took the boys to the hospital for the blood
transfusion, the youngest boy started taking loads of his toys in his
arms and leaving the house then returning to take out some more. His
parents asked him what he was doing. His reply was, "I am giving all
of my toys away to my friends, because I will die when they take my
blood." His parents were shocked that he had misunderstood. He
thought that they would take all of his blood for his brother, and he
knew he could not live without blood!
Maybe this is why Jesus said that "a little child will lead them."
What do you have to let go so that you can be the light of love and
truth in your world?
"Light of the World":
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