April 7, 2015
NOTE TO READERS: We continue to have problems with our email system. As a result, as of today we are switching back to MailChimp, our former email service. Please make sure these emails do not find their way into your spam folder. And never hesitate to let us know if the service is not working for you.
1 John 1:5-7
This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness,we lie and do not live out the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.
John shoots straight. We need that in times like these. Light or darkness. Truth or lies. Fellowship or isolation. I appreciate the simplicity of these binary terms. We live in an age that hungers for a third option, a middle way, an in-between place.
No one wants darkness, but we will readily settle for less than pure light. It results in dimness. No one wants lies, but we will readily settle for less than pure truth. It results in the confusion of compromise. No one wants isolation but we will readily settle for less than real relationships. It results in crowd sourced anonymity.
Cutting to the chase: We want our relationship with God to be independent of our relationships with other people. We want our relationship with God to be defined more by the quantity of our quiet times than the quality of our relationships.
John will not have it. We want to believe a living relationship with God is possible while our relationships with other people languish. Perhaps the biggest misconception we have is that our relationship with God will determine our relationships with other people. It’s just the opposite. If you want to know what kind of fellowship I have with God, examine my relationships with other people.
If I do not have fellowship with, say, my wife, I am not walking in the light. The extent to which I am willing to ignore the problem is the extent to which I am willing to live isolated in the dimly lit shadows of half truths. What is a shadow but a shade from darkness? What is a half truth but a lie by another name? Something deep within the human condition doesn’t want black or white. We crave fifty shades of gray.
Thank God for John who loves us too much to leave us in the comfortable death trap of neither here nor there; in the lukewarm water of somewhere in between.
John shoots straight. We need that in times like these.
J.D. Walt writes daily for Seedbed’s Daily Text. He serves as Seedbed’s Sower in Chief. Follow him @jdwalt on Twitter or email him at email@example.com. Get the Daily Text delivered to your inbox fresh every morning. Subscribe HERE.