We were visiting my in-laws last night. We got talking about lighthouses and the time my sister-in-law and three of her friends stayed a week as Light Masters of a lighthouse in Michigan. They stayed right on the premises the whole week cleaning, conducting tours, and tending the light. Each one of them climbed the narrow stairs of the actual light tower and, even though it was a hot and confining job, took a three hour shift every day just telling people about the light.
For some reason this makes me think of a ‘Christian” presidential candidate I was studying up on the other day. I kind of liked a lot of the things he stands for, but there was one thing that really bothered me big time. On his official website he made the statement that “his faith is a private matter between him and God.”
When Jesus first drew me out of darkness (light and darkness being key words in this blog) I really struggled with whether or not my faith was a private thing. You know what’s interesting? No other religion in the world considers their faith a private thing. No other religion in the world separates their faith from their daily life like Christians do.
Jesus is recorded in Matthew 5:16 as saying, “You are light for the world. A city cannot be hidden when it is located on a hill. No one lights a lamp and puts it under a basket. Instead, everyone who lights a lamp puts it on a lamp stand. Then its light shines on everyone in the house. In the same way let your light shine in front of people. Then they will see the good that you do and praise your Father in heaven.”
You know what else? Jesus hung naked on a cross on a hill. A hill!!! I have heard that this hill was very near the most heavily trafficked road in and out of Jerusalem, and he would have hung there for six hours in broad daylight, completely exposed to every person coming in and out of Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover. Thousands upon thousands of people saw the Light of the World naked as he died for their sin.
Why is it so easy to hide our faith? To make the excuse that our faith is a private matter between us and God? Most Christians know that that it is a lie when they hear it or speak it. And who is the Father of Lies?
There is a little tidbit of a conversation in 2 Kings 7 that says, “Then they said to each other, “We’re not doing right. This is a day of good news and we are keeping it to ourselves. If we wait until daylight, punishment will overtake us.”
Climb those narrow stairs of the actual light tower and, even though it is a hot and confining job, tell people about The Light. Just think what a better world this would be if everyone knew.
Oh…and one other thing. Make sure you check out the verses that precede Matthew 5:16, too, just so you’re prepared.
Oh Holy Spirit, illuminate us and make us glow with the truth of the gospel. In Jesus precious name, Amen.