By Ron Cook

Ron and his wife Rodetta have been married for 41 years. They have actively served the Lord together in ministry during the entire time and are co-founders of Care for Pastors. Ron ministers to hundreds of pastors annually through mentorship, counseling, and by phone. He has been a Pastor for 40 years and understands the stress of ministry, and wants to share his longevity in ministry with other pastors and help them finish well.
Topics: For Pastors

    Darkness Versus Light

    Thursday, February 26, 2015

    Twenty-one Christians beheaded by ISIS. Islamic state terrorists abduct at least 70 Christians including women and children. Will the gruesome torture and death of these Christians be recorded and splashed over the internet? Or will these Christians be used as human shields? If these terrorists follow their pattern of behavior this might be expected.

    Could there be any more contrast between darkness and light? This event could be described many ways but the best description is pure evil. Evil is not something new. We have the Biblical record of pure evil imposed on God’s people. History records the Nazi atrocities that can only be described as evil.

    Evil seems to seep out of darkness gathering more momentum as it goes. Evil has a strange allure to some individuals intoxicated by the power of its darkness. In America, we have seen flashes of evil, but nothing to compare to what is happening in other parts of the world. Is it possible for the icy grip of evil to cross the ocean and establish itself in America? The answer is yes.

    The darkness of evil can only be stopped by the Light. Many Christians and church leaders have been worn down fighting the battle of moral relativity on issues such as abortion, same-sex marriage, and religious freedom of speech.  The list goes on and on.

    Is our spiritual fatigue the enemy’s way of opening the door to pour pure evil into our nation? Our political leaders fuss and fight over global warming being our greatest challenge as a nation, while pure evil continues to gain momentum.

    The great truth that we must hold to is that the darker the night, the brighter light shines. We as followers of Christ are not fighting for victory but from victory. But as Paul reminds us, fight we must. Ephesians 6:10-12 “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”

    Darkness versus Light. Ultimately Light wins. Let your light shine!

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