Have you ever tried to walk through a room that was so dark you could not see anything at all? Trying to make your way around in pitch black darkness can be a terribly uncertain thing; your hands extended in front of you, walking at a pace no greater than a shuffle. Then a friend enters the room and tries to reassure you with these words, “Don’t worry, I’ll find the dark switch and turn it off!”
What? The dark switch, what is that? The truth of the matter is that there is no dark switch to turn darkness on or off. There are only light switches.
One of the basic principles of light is that it always overcomes darkness. But darkness cannot overcome light. The only way darkness can exist is due to the absence of light. Light must be turned off in order for darkness to reign. This analogy between light and darkness applies to the spiritual realm, as well. The light is God’s righteousness and the dark is the evil in this world. In Psalm 18:28, David say’s, “You, O Lord, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light.” Light invades the darkness and overcomes it. Dark exists only because there is no light present. Darkness can only exist when there is no light.
Author Ayn Rand once said, “The evil of the world is made possible by nothing but the sanction you give it.” Edmund Burke writes, “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” As parents, we are like lighthouses to our children. As they try to navigate through the darkness of this world, we must show forth the light of righteousness and to guide them to safety — to the Truth.
By human terms light is hard to define. Webster’s Dictionary describes it as, “Something that makes things visible or affords illumination.” The Oxford American Dictionary defines it as, “The agent that stimulates the sense of sight.” Those definitions pale significantly in comparison to God’s own declaration when He say’s He is Light! Can light be defined any better than that?
Man may never be able to fully explain what light actually is, but we have the Truth of Scripture that reveals God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness.
Whether as parents, teachers, or school staff, let’s pray that the children will see the light of Christ reflected in us.
Jim Meyer, Administrator