The Night the Lights Went Out in Lousiana


Shining light isn’t about going around and sticking it in people’s faces. It’s about doing good and building relationships so that people see your light and know where it came from.

Do you remember when the lights went out during the Super Bowl? No one knows exactly how it happened, but the largest television event in the history of the world went dead for 35 minutes!  It was unbelievable, really. People at Super Bowl parties had to actually talk to each other. I’m guessing there will be a large crop of “Blackout Bowl babies” born 9 months from now. 

But the funniest article I saw was the copy of the praise that the U.S. Department of Energy had for the Superdome before the game, which said:

The push to reinvent this destination city contributes to making Sunday's game the greenest in Super Bowl history.

Or the blackest.

I really don’t think that energy conservation had anything to do with the problem, but you have to admit it is ironic.

As a Christian, I’ve been called to be the light of the world. So have you. 

You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. Matthew 5:14-15

Are we living dimly? Is our light really shining? I wonder what we could do if we stopped “conserving energy” and came out from under our “bowls” and started shining brightly again. 

I know that the problem for all of us who live within this new post-Christian era is that too many people in the past have flooded their light on people in such a way that we’re a little timid when it comes to shining.

For good reason.  The world can’t distinguish between the so-called Christians who picket funerals with signs that lie about who God loves and the real ones.

I get that. But look at what Jesus goes on to say…

In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in
heaven.  Matthew 5:16

Shining light isn’t about going around and sticking it in people’s faces. It’s about doing good and building relationships with people so that they see your light and know where it came from. 

But please don’t be conservative with your light. 

Nobody like’s a dark stadium!


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