We live in a world of options, whether it is the color of phones, the ever increasing number of TV stations, or the lunch menu at your local diner, options are everywhere. Sadly, in our post-modern world we have embraced this glorification of options and we have made it part of our moral compass. We have created relative levels of immorality, sometimes invoking geography as a determining factor (i.e. what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas). Basically, in the “your way, right away” culture of America, everything has turned to gray.
This is one of the things I love about God, there is no gray. You see it in the above verse. Jesus says there are two spheres in life, darkness and light. There are no in-betweens. He is saying that you either walk in darkness or you walk in light, period. He also tells us that our default in this world is darkness. He implies it by using the word “but.” This word also tells us that their is an alternative to this darkness, light.
Now here is the rub, because of our spiritual blindness, we fail to recognize that we are in darkness. In our relativistic world we compare ourselves to others, and because they are also in darkness, our darkness doesn't seem so dark compared to their dark. (Does that make sense?). We become relativists and everything becomes this gray area in regards to morality.
Then, seemingly out of nowhere, light breaks forth into the darkness and there is a new standard. No longer are their different shades of darkness. For the first time, it is obvious that there are two spheres, darkness and light. The difference is so significant that it is like looking straight into the sun after wearing a blindfold for 30 years. The brightness is almost unbearable.
And also for the first time we recognize our darkness. At that moment we have a choice to make, flee from the light or follow it. If we flee from it, we remain in our darkness; if we follow it, we have life.
The beauty about this marvelous light is that it has a name, Jesus. And His light is the life of men.