When Light Meets Darkness

“And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed” (John 3:19-20).

Doctors often prescribe medicines that need to be diluted. The pharmacist obtains the prescription from the doctor, and then carefully prepares it for the patient. The medicine gets diluted to just the right dosage so that the patient benefits from the prescription. Similarly, cement mixers make sure our sidewalks and parking lots get a proper mix so that we walk and drive on smooth, evened-out surfaces. Some things are improved by mixing and diluting the contents.

But God’s Word cannot help people when people dilute it. In order to help people who walk in darkness, we have to walk in the light:

“For at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light” (Ephesians 5:8).

“This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin” (1 John 1:5-7).

The prophet Elijah helped Israel by shining the light of God’s truth directly into the Baal worshippers eyes. He needed to confront them directly with God’s truth, and reestablish the true faith in Israel. He made no attempt to water down God’s Word, and nor should we.


1. Recognize that we cannot help people when we water down the truth.
The gospel is good news, but listeners can view it as an intrusion into their lifestyle. We will be tempted to “meet them half way” and compromise the truth. We cannot help people by masking the truth.

2. Walk as children of light.
The only way we can help others is to point them to God. That’s why we need to live out our faith before the world. Some may respond and turn to God based on what you say and how you live. When we live out the truth, we will help people by pointing them to God.

3. Do not compromise.
Jesus made many promises to His followers, one of which was tribulation. If they persecuted Jesus, they will persecute us (John 15:20). We might be tempted to water down the truth in order to avoid their frowns. But just remember we cannot help anyone by covering the light.

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