As we watch political leaders in Indiana and Arkansas wither under the storm clouds created by those who love the oppression of government more than the liberty promised by our First Amendment, it is easy to see only gloom and darkness. Is there any light? Any ray of hope?
No doubt that is the way the disciples of Jesus felt almost 2000 years ago. The One who had come to proclaim liberty to the captives, and freedom from oppressive religious burdens and the societal structures that “enforced” them was dead. Oppression by civil government in response to the cries of cultural leaders who had whipped the masses into an uninformed frenzy had led to the death of their Leader. Darkness literally overtook the sun, and the earth quaked.
It feels familiar.
But perhaps for them in the days that followed, these words from the prophet Isaiah came flooding into their minds, even as they did in mine today:
Arise, shine; For your light has come! And the glory of the LORD is risen upon you. For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, And deep darkness the people; But the LORD will arise over you, And His glory will be seen upon you (Isaiah 60:1-2 NKJV).
It is Friday, but indeed Sunday is coming! Let us arise that The Light might shine forth through us in this present darkness!
David Fowler served in the Tennessee state Senate for 12 years before joining FACT as President in 2006. Read David’s complete bio.
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