“Don’t Curse the Darkness, Light a Candle”


“‘We have seen so many ancient tyrannies pass from earth since Egypt and Rome held dominion that our eyes are directed not to the tragic present, but to the beyond, wherein the arc of history will be found bending toward justice, victory and freedom.” Rabbi Jacob Kohn 1940

B.j. Thomas sang a song entitled “Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song”. Injustices have been done and lives have been impacted upon the razors edge of the moment. Are we just a dog chasing its tail or a people looking for an excuse as we perpetually play the blame game. Personal responsibility remains the focal point of our greater success or our collective failure.

Calls of racism or identifying the effects of privilege shouldn’t be used as a charade of raising someone’s political, clout or self serving cause. Neither should its exploitation serve as just another attention grabbing front line quote in the latest tweet, blog, Facebook post, or any other sound bite medium. At some point the principals of personal responsibility must become the Adult in the room, especially among the followers of Christ.

Long ago in a garden a young married couple tried the play the Blame Game and the irony of it all was that the game never stopped. Rabbi John said it very well by saying “our eyes are not directed to the tragic present , but to the beyond wherein the arc of history will be found bending toward justice, victory and freedom.” In essence how can we build the bridge over the all encompassing “somebody done somebody wrong song”. Is that what we are singing in our worship services and why does it matter.

Far more important. Is building Unity, Harmony and Synergy that places faith in God to deliver on the promises of reconciliation and justice along with a personal salvation relationship. We are greater as one people who are cultivating threads of agreement:

In Christ’s family there can be no division into Jew and non-Jew, slave and free, male and female. Among us you are all equal. That is, we are all in a common relationship with Jesus Christ. Also, since you are Christ’s family, then you are Abraham’s famous “descendant,” heirs according to the covenant Galatians 3:28 The Message (MSG).


We have the power to agree and change our world. Agreement takes our individual wants and needs to the place of introspection instead of reaction. Agreement ask the question; what do I see as absolutely essential in my culture, relationships, esteem, world view and theology? Agreement is not to be mistaken for compromise but is more genuine. To agree is to value the other perspective as well as the person behind it. This extends the olive branch. Christ is called the Branch: Behold the man whose name is The BRANCH,” Zechariah 6:12

Christ abandoned ethnically cultural theology for genuine relationship as he extended the olive Branch of his love into the home of Levi (Matthew) the publican.
There is a principal of unity as stated in PS. 133. However it is naive to think that this principal only applies to the Christ’s followers. All people can experience the power in unity I.e. Genesis 11. Unity is of God’s design and in order for all to receive the greatest benefit of its principal, unity must have God the righteous judge at its center because “the arc of history will be found bending toward justice, victory and freedom.” Rabbi Jacob Kohn 1940

3 Responses to ““Don’t Curse the Darkness, Light a Candle””
  1. T says:

    Amen! Great post!

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