Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Dispelling the Darkness

I love creativity and though I do not condone all the concepts being communicated in the Harry Potter series, I must admit J.K. Rowling is the queen of creativity. In her books, she draws a very distinct line between good and evil, right and wrong. Her characters are forced to choose between what is right and what is easy. They are forced to choose a side. I wish that line was as distinct in real life. I realize that some of you are not Harry Potter fans, and this post is not a recommendation, merely observations of something I have learned while reading and watching this series. 

In Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, one of the biggest proponents of good, Professor Dumbledore, is killed by the bad guy, Voldemort's henchmen. Harry is devastated. The scene in the movie is absolutely gripping. The Dark Mark, a symbol placed in the sky over the spot that someone has been killed by Voldemort or his followers, is shot into the sky over the place Dumbledore now lies. The sky is smoky and oppressive. All seems lost. Their capable leader and hero is dead, and evil literally hangs over their heads in victory, taunting them. 

But one by one, the students and professors raise their wands into the sky, tears streaking down their faces and light glows from the end of the wands, casting dim pinpricks into the mocking mark. And slowly, the pinpricks grow as more and more wands point toward the offensive sign. The sky begins to glow and the Dark Mark is shattered, utterly diminished by the joined light from the wands.

This scene moves me. The director accurately portrayed the power of light over dark, even in moments where it seems the darkness has victory. The light is triumphant, and one pinprick is still powerful enough to shatter the illusion of darkness' victory. 

So here's the application. Please understand that I am not advocating Harry Potter or claiming it as Biblical truth. However, I believe lessons can be learned even from things never meant to be interpreted Biblically. Psalm 112:4 says, "Even in darkness light dawns for the upright, for the gracious and compassionate and righteous man." 

We are the LIGHT OF THE WORLD as Matthew 5:14 says. Like the characters in Harry Potter, we must face darkness, shine a light on it, illuminate it for what it is, and dispel it. We have the power to do that because we are the light of Christ, a reflection of His glory! How awesome, is that?

It is easy to fear the darkness. Satan is the prince of darkness and the Lord has given him the ability to roam the earth seeking whom he may devour for just a short time (1 Peter 5:8). The darkness does have power. However, as a child of the Light of the World, we have greater power. So I want to leave you with two thoughts...

"The LORD is my light and my salvation--whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life--of whom shall I be afraid?" Psalm 27:1. The man after God's own heart wrote this. He knew the Lord was his light, and he knew that because of that truth, he could rest easy. God is in control. The darkness has NO POWER OVER YOU!. Don't fear. 

Finally, the Lord has won! We may be surrounded by the darkness of our culture but here is a sound promise from the Lord who loves you, "Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the LORD will be your rear guard... and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday." Isaiah 58:8-10. You have already beat the darkness, because the Light of the World has already conquered it and will one day return to dispel it completely. May we cast our wands to the sky, knowing that our pinprick can make a difference!

In His light,

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