This light bulb grabbed my attention on a contemplative walk as I mulled over how to provide pastoral leadership following an incident which sent shock waves throughout the community. My thoughts were swept into reflections on darkness and light. Martin Luther King Jr. rightly pointed out:
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”
The love of Christ alive in our heart is essential if we are to be defenders and advocates of the Christian faith in a redemptive and healing way. Until we learn to walk in the light as Christ is in the light, we will be disposed to be bitter or worse. When we walk in the light of the Lord, bitterness and contention cannot long endure. Our mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world is best served by the life-changing love described in 1 Corinthians 13.