Let light shine into darkness

This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.
John 3:19-21

One of the many things that Jesus promises as part of his kingdom is to expose all the things done in the darkness and to make all things plain. Jesus himself is the shining light, revealing and judging all the evil, bringing justice into every sphere and situation. It makes me simultaneously terrified and excited that he is the Lord.

The TV and twitter are alive in our living room with the news that Julian Assange has been granted asylum by Ecuador. We can see images of London police standing at the embassy gates, overlaid with journalists talking about alleged sexual misconduct and file recordings of Hilary Clinton and US military spokesmen describing him as a threat to security.

Julian Assange is not Jesus. I’m also pretty sure he isn’t a Christian. But through Wikileaks he has fostered the exposing of evil things that were done in the darkness. He has exposed the times when soldiers killed civilians and the times when innocent people were detained and tortured in Guantanamo Bay. It turns out nations coming out of Christendom can do evil in the darkness too! Julian Assange may be against Jesus in his heart, in his own personal convictions, but the actions of Wikileaks have come incredibly close to the truth-exposing agenda of the Kingdom of God.

It makes me sick in my stomach to see all these nations conspiring to keep evil deeds hidden. But what scenario will make things better? Julian holed up in the embassy for the rest of his life? Some kind of miracle escape to a foreign country that he will never be able to come home from? And even if he ends up OK, what about all the other horrible and oppressive things that are done without anyone knowing.

The only thing that will make all things better down to their very core will be for the best, most righteous, most merciful judge to come back and shine his light into all the darkness. Come Lord Jesus!


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