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Out of the Darkroom, Into the Light

In Uncategorized on April 12, 2011 at 6:10 pm

Submitted By: Kevin Smith Clark

Jn 3:20 – “Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed.”

These words haunt me every time i hear about this sort of thing (“the silent epidemic”).  I also know of too many pastors who have taken the bait of sin and destroyed themselves and countless others because of a lack of self-control.  A guy I knew in this area, a man I respected, ate meals with, worshiped and prayed with, is in jail because of his involvement with a high school girl.  When this stuff happens, I’m reminded of the words one of my co-workers shared with me some four years ago: “We’re all three bad decisions away from being that guy.”

That’s why I think the one of the main issues is the eevangelical church (and perhaps even the ehvangelicals) has lost (or ignored) the biblical call to confession.  We don’t confess anything anymore.  We’re too afraid to say, “i’m struggling with lust” or “i’m emotionally involved with another person” because it will dash our “appearance,” tarnish our records.  And on the flipside, when we hear confession we think, “Ewwww, that’s gross. That’s not right…I sure am glad I’m not like him” (cf. Luke 18:9-14).  It would be like finding out Barry Bonds used steroids ;)…which is precisely the point.  We’re all tarnished.  Some churches are just better at hiding their urinalysis.  Some haven’t been caught in perjury.

I firmly believe that a revival of confession is the catalyst to a stronger evangelical church.  The power of confession is it takes power from the Enemy and exposes it to the light of Christ.

Back in the 90s, we used to have these devices called film cameras.  And the film had to be developed in “dark rooms”…and exposure to light would ruin the development process.  I try to think of Sin in any situation (and especially the ones my brother Jeff mentioned) as needing that deep, dark place to develop, and confession becomes that light that intervenes and exposes that sin from developing.

I heard Leonard Sweet say, “Church is the place people go to pretend they’re normal.”  That’s why we’re in this mess…we’re pretending.  I hope twenty years from now, he’ll say, “Church is the place where people expose the darkness of their sin to the light of Christ.”

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” 1 Jn 1:9

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  1. great post, i’m not afraid to admitt i like darkness…the exposer in the light is like painful baptism that overall is good, but jarring none the less!

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