Social media makes us mad. People say crazy things. Every time we open our Facebook, we frown at ignorant posts regarding this or that sin. Well maybe not ‘we’, how about ‘me.’ I am so tempted to curse it all, to lash out in anger, to throw a heaping bowl of truth on their party! I want to curse the darkness, shut the door and go back to my cozy chair by the fire. I don’t want to shed light on them. I want to blind them. I want to be right and make sure they know they are wrong! darkness.
Jesus says, “YOU are the light of the world, a city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and ogive glory to your Father who is in heaven.”
Jesus says, YOU are the light of the world! No Jesus, You are the light of the world! True. He is the light of the world! Yet still He says to His disciples, “YOU are the light.” Jesus dwells, loves, forgives, gives life and gives light through people. Sure Jesus immediately shined upon Saul and made him Paul. But for the rest of us, He shined upon us through His people, His church. And not just the best of us, but even the worst of us!
You are the light of the world? That seems like the dumbest idea ever. The Son of God can surely do a better job by visiting everyone Himself, like He did Paul. Well our Lord begs to differ! He rose from the dead. He probably knows what He is doing.
Christians, believe it! You are the light of the world. This is not a plan B. It’s the plan! You can trust His plan. I can trust what He says about me! If He says I am the light then I am! The one who was raised from the dead first, raised me in baptism, called me forgiven, alive, a child of God! So I am. So I am a light whether I like it or not! But Jesus says – why not like it! Do it. Why hide it!
Instead of cursing the darkness and meeting sinful actions with shock, dismay and a frown; shine on it! Just as Christ did not come into the world to condemn the world, neither is He sending you to do it.
Why would people know any better? Why would we expect them to act any brighter? They are in the dark. Just like you once were. They need the light – cue YOU! Jesus tells us to light up the whole house! Salt the whole damned earth! He isn’t talking about lighting your little room full of your personally selected party guests. He is talking about the dark closets, creepy attics and basements full of perverts and psychopaths. He is referring to those who are acting like damn fools, just like you once did! They need YOU! They need your words of truth spoken with care and with the goal of giving grace! They need your acts of charity, embrace and generosity no matter what they say about you, to you or behind your back. They are supposed to act like that. Love them. Forgive them. Don’t give up on them. Shine on them. Shine on them whether they want it or not.
Trust Jesus’ words! Expect people to get lit!