Lighting The Way
by Fred Hughes
The opportunity to blaze new paths and explore new exciting advancements in almost every area of life is available to more people than ever in all of history! Our civilization is advancing and yet decaying at the same time. How do we reckon with the divide? How do we build on the good and deconstruct those things that are breaking down and giving way to darkness rather than bringing light to this world?
As usual, I seem to have more questions than answers. But these are very important things to consider. When I look at some of the fundamental root causes of the major issues of our day, I see an absence of light (illumination of truth)! Science and education have so polarized their versions of the truth, opposed to Christianity’s expression of Truth, that there is a great divide between the two. In the early existence of our nation, we printed, “In God, We Trust,” on our coins, so that we would not forget the truth about what made our country great. Today, “Global Warming and Man-Made World Peace,” seem to be more of a religion than the Gospel of Christ! Light that reaches into a person’s life and illuminates the heart to true understanding and knowledge is what we are missing today.
We have The Truth, God’s Word, which is altogether true. But, you see, even that truth can not set anyone free! It is the truth that we believe and act upon; that truth is the truth that sets men free! When a person or a nation believes in and acts upon the Truth of God’s Word, the person or nation will be set free. The freedom that the Bible and our founding documents speak of will then come and set men free! “Whom the Son sets free, is free indeed!” The Light of the founding fathers of this country was Christ! They undertook a great experiment that free men could live in freedom together. There was no argument as to who they agreed that Light was ( John 1:9 -13). There was no argument as to what light would be taught in their schools. There was no argument that a single Christian denomination should rise above another and become a state church, as the Church of England had done. There was no argument as to what would be the standard to which our newly founded government would comprise the laws and moral ethics by which all free men should live. There was no argument as to how marriage or family should be comprised; they followed the Truth. The Word of God clearly defined those standards. There was Light in the land! That Light is what built the land of the free and the home of the brave! That Light is what men fought and died for. Light, not Darkness and Tyranny, but Light guides us as citizens and countrymen in the ways of uprightness before the one and only true God. The “In God We Trust” of the USA. The Light of the Gospel of Christ!
Are we so arrogant that we think we have advanced beyond the light of God? “If My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” (II Chronicles 7:14) That is an awesome promise! But we must remember, “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” (James 4:6 and 1 Peter 5:5)
“Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time. Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:6-7)
The problem is not that God has stopped caring for us! The problem is that we stopped caring for Him! We must rediscover the Light our forefathers were following and pursue Him with all due diligence.
My prayer is for our great country to once again be the world leader in Lighting the Way! We can not afford to lose hope for greater days ahead. Let me leave you with this:
Romans 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
by Fred Hughes
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