From darkness to light and back again!
I was watching a documentary today on some “modern” trends in theology. Actually, it’s not all that modern. Since early Christianity there had always been people who rejected Jesus Christ as Saviour. So I watched the program, mainly because it has to do with many theologians living in South Africa today, some of whom I know very well personally. What amazed me is not so much what they say. What is more amazing is that people can move from darkness to the light and then eventually reject the light. Much of what they say has to do with the historical facts about Jesus – His virgin birth, his dying on the cross as the Son of God, His resurrection from death.
That someone rejects this, is understandable to me. What makes sense to me and to millions of others, will remain foolishness to someone until the Holy Spirit enlightens that person’s life to believe the gospel. In missions this is so often the frustration with which we have to learn to accept: that you explain the gospel to someone and that person does not believe it and then, one day, perhaps years later, magic happens and the person accepts the truth and suddenly things will never be the same in that person’s life, ever again. How can it then happen that someone experiences the freedom which comes through faith in Jesus Christ, and then they reject it again? I still have to find an explanation for this.
Listening to the documentary and hearing what these theologians said, saddened me tremendously. I thought to myself what the effects of this would be should I go to someone in Swaziland, perhaps one of my elders who love and serve the Lord with everything in him, and tell him that he no longer needs to believe that Jesus is his Saviour. In fact, Jesus never died. He was never resurrected from the dead. Physically He is still dead, even today. What would I do to that person’s life? I have seen, not once or twice, but over and over again, how people literally become a new being after becoming part of Christ. How could anyone exchange that again for an old life without Him? This amazes me!