As a child I would stay out late playing hide-and-seek or catching lightening bugs. My friends and I knew it was getting dark but our eyes kept adjusting to the darkness so we thought we could still see. Then we went inside when the mosquitos would get the best of us. Only then could we see how really dark it had been.
Spiritual matters are like that too. At one end of the spectrum we have God who is all light, within Him is every good and every blessing. At the other end there is only darkness–total lack of light and dearth of blessings. The dwelling place of Satan who comes to kill and destroy.
We, individually and as nations are on a line in-between. We fall far short of the splendor of God’s glory yet we are not in hell. Just as we do not get obese overnight, but through a series of small decisions. We do not fall precipitously from great heights of glory but rather wander away through a series of poor choices. Most of which seem small and inconsequential at the time.
We are always moving on this line. We can never stay in the same place. Every decision pushes us either towards God and the light or towards darkness. You change as a person when you decide to sleep in and miss Mass or spread that piece of gossip. You don’t feel changed because your spiritual eyes have adjusted to the growing darkness.
As a nation we did not get to where we are overnight. It was a series of decisions on divorce, the pill, drugs, credit cards, and abortion. We rejected the wisdom of our ancestors for every new wind of doctrine. We valued cheaper goods over our neighbor’s job. We judged by appearance and words rather than by character and the outcome of their deeds. We traded in fasting and physical sacrifices for dieting and strenuous exercise. We have fit bodies and flabby souls.
Our choices individually and collectively have changed the world for our children. It was hard for people being born into a world where slavery was the norm to see its inherent evil. Our children are being born into a culture of sin. It is so difficult to walk rightly even for those who know right from wrong. How can they see if there is no light? When nations become sin-soaked, nations are judged.
In Deuteronomy 28 there is a listing of blessings and curses. We used to be very, very blessed. We had stable marriages, abundant food, and plenty of good paying jobs even for people without degrees. There were problems in our country. We were still short of the glory of God but we were respected by the world. We were receiving the blessings of obedience.
Now family has been obliterated to the point its been redefined as any group of people who love each other. Not only is our nation laden with debt but individuals are crushed beneath its burden. There are specialized high-paying jobs which require endless hours of work, or poorly paid part-time jobs of hard labor and little respect. Even our food has become corrupted. Eating it has made many people sick. We are no longer respected in the world. That is just the beginning of the curses.
Ask the Lord, to show you the darkness in your own heart. Where have you compromised with the world? Come back inside the house of God where there is light. A nation can only move as its individuals move. The light of your life can help your neighbor see when they have no light of their own.
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