17 September 2007

The Emerging Church Loves Darkness (or what I do stand for) Part II

As you can read in my previous post (sorry it got so long) there seems to be this idea that the emerging church loves the darkness.
And I also mentioned in my previous post that there were some things that John MacArthur said, that got me to think.
One was this: That the emerging church loves to tear things down, but never really build up.
This is the second time I heard this in the past month and it got me thinking...maybe personally I have been spending too much time tearing down and not enough time building up.
(After all isn't there a season for everything?)

So, let me tell all those who think we don't stand for anything, what we do stand for (because maybe we haven't made ourselves clear and I personally will take responsibility for that in my own life):


I love the dark places of this earth because that's where the light of Creator can shine the brightest. I stand for those who live in the darkness of the earth because that's who Jesus stood for. That's where social justice can reign and show herself true. That's where creation can see redemption.

I love the dark places of humanity because that's where the hills rise above the plains and where the candles can be lit. I love those who are persecuted for their faith because in them is more of the fullness of the Kingdom of God.

I love the dark places of my city because that's where I want to go because that's where Jesus lives; on the streets and tattoo parlors, and bars, and homeless shelters, and basements, and prisons.

I love the dark places within our faith community because God's grace is sufficient for all of us and no-one has to put on a fake smile or say that everything is fine when it isn't. Because Jesus dwells in pain and doubt and reality and confronts hypocrisy.

I love the dark places of my own heart, because I am prideful and selfish, and if God never exposed the darkness in me (or I never listened), I'd be a selfish, prideful, needy ass. Because Jesus loves all of me, and he's shaping me in love, and out of the darkness and pain, comes compassion, passion, humility, and empathy toward others.

I love the darkness of the night when I gaze at the stars above me and tremble in awe at the majesty of a God who loves darkness.
I love dark music that shatters the comfortable mind and exposes the plastic fake actor in all of us.
I love people who love darkness because Jesus came for the sick not the well.
I love the dark side of the force because you can have the power of lightening bolts come out of your fingers.
I love solar eclipses, and when lightening knocks out the power.
I love goth, depressing pictures, deep movies, and disturbing stories.

I love darkness because Jesus was born in it and into it, lived in it, embraced those within it, and died in the darkest of nights - even though it was still day.

I love darkness because Jesus was not a middle class, modern white man living in suburbia, but a dark skinned middle eastern radical, living in a dark time in history, in a country living under the oppression of darkness from within it's own people and without.

I love darkness because if darkness is the only thing that loves darkness, how can the light shine?

I love darkness because Jesus embraced it, loved it, and so shall I.


paul said...


Makeesha said...

stunningly beautiful

Revolutionary said...

Good thoughts, but aren't you just loving light in the context of darkness?

David said...

Not really. The light is in me (and us) - and of course I love the light! - but I love the darkness.

I think that's the misconception of most churches in western civilization that we just love the light and hope the darkness comes to us. But we, as bearers of the light, must love the darkness enough to go into the darkness.

Nice log in name btw.

Kevin said...

I thought of you David and your thoughts of darkness. I was reading Psalm 139:7-12 and how God meets us even in the darkness, "even the darkness is not dark to you". What I mean is that it is great to be in the darkness too to experience the presence of God. Thanks for your thoughts.

Revolutionary said...

David, sorry if I sounded like I was criticising, I didn't mean to. I hear exactly what you are saying - light doesn't stand out amongst other light - light is supposed to shine in darkness - if we're not even in the darkness, we can't be light I might argue. Because what are we illuminating. But darkness is a great place to venture to, albeit to become darkness, rather than illuminate darkness would be an entirely different thing.

(btw the login was from days of old, and the whole googlemail thing means to log in properly means logging out and back in and it's a whole long story that's not worth telling!)

David said...

I hear ya revolutionary. :-)
Good thoughts.

Thanks Kevin. Great verse. I forgot all about that one. Nice!

Yvonne said...

I love the darkness of the night when I gaze at the stars above me and tremble in awe at the majesty of a God who loves darkness.

Beautiful post. Well said!