Growing up at the early age of 5 I must admit I was afraid of the dark. We lived in a huge home on the Naval Academy provided for the families of professors who were also Naval Officers…built in the early 1900s. Above is a photo of it. It was a four-story home, and I was sure there were monsters living in it somewhere…perhaps in my closet or under the bed.
At that time there was only one overhead light on the ceiling and the only light switch was on the wall just inside the door about 100 yards from my bed. So, my nightly challenge was to turn off the light, race across my bedroom, and get under the covers before the monster would eat me. Because as we all know covers have a magic power to repel monsters and under the covers meant safety.
How about you? Did you use to be afraid of the dark? It seems to me that as we have grown older those fears seem silly and childish. The problem is that as we have grown older and begin to struggle with our sexual brokenness, porn, and masturbation we are loving the darkness and are now afraid of the light.
We fear our secret sins will be discovered and because we have gone so far into the darkness, we have done things that we are ashamed of and feel like if anybody were to find out we would be rejected…even or especially by those who we think to love us. And if they were to learn the truth about our deeds in the darkness, they would reject us and end whatever relationship we might be trying to hold onto.
And in the teaching about the creation of the universe, the very first thing God does is to command…
“Let there be Light…and there was light.”
Even before there was anything to see there needed to be light so that what He was going to create would be visible and seen. He even said that the light was good and called it “day” and the darkness He called “night.”
The apostle John uses this metaphor to describe for us a very simple and yet profound truth about our world and our lives as followers of Christ. In 1 John 1, we read…
“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.
First, just to be clear, John reminds us that God is light. Our days are numbered by 24-hour periods half of which has the light of the sun and the other half, due to the absence of the sun from the present sky, we have darkness. And Revelation 21:23 tells us…
“The city, (the New Jerusalem,) does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp.”
So, John…who also wrote both 1John and the Book of Revelation…tells us that God is Light meaning that there is absolutely no sin or darkness in Him whatsoever. But notice what he says next. If we claim that we have fellowship with God and yet are living our lives in darkness we are liars and are not living out the truth.
This is true because since there is no sin or darkness in God if we are walking in the darkness then our fellowship with Him is not what it needs to be. There is interference between us and God. We have a bad connection because darkness minimizes the wavelength of our broadband and the static of this dark world is creating resistance between us and God.
Notice that he does not say that if we walk in darkness, it destroys the connection we have with God. This is not possible since the Spirit of God dwells within our bodies, and He will never leave us or forsake us. Our relationship with God remains but darkness creates static in the line, and we grow deaf and blind to hearing His will for us and seeing Him work in our lives.
However, John tells us the opposite is true. If we walk in the light…as He is in the light…then we can have fellowship with one another. What John says here should shock us. He is telling us that if we are walking in darkness we are lying and our fellowship with God is interfered with.
Ok…that seems clear enough. One would expect that John would say the opposite of that if we are walking in the light instead of the darkness. We should think that instead of walking in the darkness we are walking in the light then our fellowship with God would be good. BUT HE DOES NOT SAY THAT!!!
Instead, he says that if we walk in the light…as He is in the light…we have fellowship with one another. If walking in the darkness interferes with our fellowship with God, then walking in the light, as He is in the light, our fellowship with Him will be corrected. But John does not say that. And I want to know why.
And I think the answer is that when we walk in darkness our relationship with God is not destroyed…just interfered with. It does not affect our relationship with Him because we have been born again into His family and sealed with the Holy Spirit and we have an eternal relationship with God. Our walking in darkness does not cause God to not be able to see us.
But our walking in darkness is impacting us as we slowly drift away from the source of our lives. But if we are going to be experiencing the full life that God has for us then walking in the light allows us to have fellowship with one another. And it is this human connection with one another that is so absolutely critical if we are going to be experiencing the life God has for us.
Why? Because we not only need God but we also need one another and we need a community of other believers with whom we are sharing our true life if we are going to not continue to live in the darkness of sexual sin.