I believe it was Plato who said, “We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.” Although Plato certainly did not have people’s reaction to the lordship of Christ in mind, the principle from which he speaks is certainly applicable. Why are people afraid of the light? Why are we uncomfortable with honestly confronting the message of Christ?
Jesus gives us the answer in John 3. Shortly after his famous “For God so loved the world…” statement, he said this. “This is the verdict: Light has come into the world and men loved the darkness instead of the light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed” (John 3: 19-20).
Why are people afraid of the light? Because coming to Christ exposes the hollowness of our self-proclaimed righteousness. It shows us that even the supposedly good things we do are simply a front for a heart that is desperately bent on living without God. If our lives are laid bare before His penetrating light, however, there is hope of true healing.
Something to think about from “The Kingdom Perspective.”
“This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil. For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But he who practices the truth comes to the Light, so that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God.”
~ John 3: 19-21