1 John 1:5-10 — “This is the message we have heard from Him and declare to you: God is light; In Him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with Him and yet walk in darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. But if we walk in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, His Son, purifies us from all sin. If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make Him out to be liar and His word is not in us.”

I had the privilege to be sitting in the midst of last Sunday morning’s Holiness Meeting and, somewhere in the middle of the sermon, these first five verses of 1 John 1 were shared.

I cannot explain or justify why, but the image and the history of the lighthouse played through my mind like a video documentary.

After the death of Alexander the Great, the first lighthouse was constructed in Alexandria, Egypt.

The first known lighthouse was of the Pharaohs Ptolemy I and his son Ptolemy II. It was constructed between 300 and 280 B.C. It stood about 450 feet high. This particular lighthouse was considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. 

It was destroyed through stages: by invaders and earthquakes. Its final days came around the 1300s. 

Ha ha ha, can you even imagine how impressive, how awe-inspiring that fountain of light must’ve been to the people of those times? Remember it was considered one of the Seven Wonders.

As the sermon was being shared, I was locked in — it was the image of the lighthouse that captured my imagination when I heard the phrase, “In the dark, good and evil look alike”

It was like someone slapped the back of my head and said, “Focus up!”

I can’t remember exactly what his words were, but the footnotes he mentioned were clear: “Light represents what is good, pure, true, holy and reliable. Darkness represents what is sinful and evil.”

The statement, “God is Light” means God is perfectly Holy and True. He alone can guide us out of the darkness of sin. 

Light is also related to truth. In that light is exposed whatever exists, “whether it is good or bad.”

In the dark, good and evil look alike. In the light, they can be clearly distinguished.

Just as darkness cannot exist in the presence of light, sin cannot exist in the presence of a Holy God.

If we want to have a relationship with God, we must put aside our sinful ways of living and follow the true light, Jesus, God’s only begotten son, the Light of the World.

When I was growing up through elementary school, I heard over and over how the United States had become a beacon of hope, a light to the rest of the world.

I have to wonder if that is true today or not. I had seen a meme post on Facebook from someone who stated that he couldn’t comprehend why any American would want another type of government.

He had lived under a different style of government, and what he said really hit home with me: “When have you ever seen an American try to cross the ocean in a raft to leave our shores to get to another country for a communist or Marxist form of government?”

It’s not an exact quote, but the point is made without mentioning the name of another country.

If America stops being America, the land of the free and the home of the brave, one nation under God, where will the hope of the world be seen?

I appreciate this quote from former President Ronald Reagan: “If we lose freedom here, there is no place to escape to. This is the last stand on earth.”

Former President John F. Kennedy’s words seem so, so long ago: “Ask not what your country can do for you but ask what you can do for your country.”

Two different sides of the same coin but shedding a light, a mindset of governance and a united guidance. A continuance of “We the People.”

Times have changed, and now we’re in the 21st century. While there are still active lighthouses, many have gone dark and are now only Tokens of Time rather than Sentinels of Light. Many, or perhaps most, of our modern-day seafarers use and depend on electronic and satellite navigational aids. 

Just a little-known fact to share: Did you know that August 7, 2020, was National Lighthouse Day?

In the Gospel of John 8:12 (NIV) — “When Jesus spoke again to the people, He said, ‘I am the Light of the World. Whoever follows Me will never walk in darkness, but will have the Light of Life.’”

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