Again terror pours down on the innocent, this time in different guise. Yet again the out come is the same. One evil perpetrator, but many, so many, stories of the good, the heroic. Let us never loose this perspective. The evil are few, hiding out with their bombs, guns, knives and megaphones, but the forces of good are everywhere, hidden away under a camouflage of “everydayness”. It is only at times such as this they become visible.
My defiance takes a different note,
“They” want me to fear
So I will choose love not hate,
For only love casts out fear.
“They” want to manipulate my mind just as they manipulated the killers.
No go! I have free choice, I choose good, not evil.
“They” want me to cower, to become afraid to voice my own faith,
I choose instead to confirm my faith in a God of love,
The only one able to deal with “them”.
“They” cannot be “bombed out of existence”
Like the hydra “they” will only grow more heads.
Like chemo or radiation, that may give temporary reprieve, (while creating devastation) but it will not destroy the “stem cells”.
The real perpetrators lurk unseen in the shadows and the “cancer” will spread and grow again,
We see only the pawns in their diabolical power game.
Yet I will sing,
For God himself plays against “them” and is able to heal anything.
Limited by His gifts to us, of free choice, and earth’s dominion, He yet holds the end game.
Though I foresee escalation, destruction and hate,
I will love.
Though political idiots undermine our UK police forces (who protect us) with crippling budget cuts, while buying nuclear armaments,
I will trust.
While media are no longer free to print the truth,
I will seek it and speak it.
While orphans wail, and children lay in pools of blood,
While Paris is but the tip of the iceberg, and other nations experience such horrors on a daily basis,
I will continue to believe in the flame of good in humanity.
This is my defiance.
I will love, I will seek the truth behind the lies I’m fed, I will not be manipulated.
I will choose to see the good, the stories of courage, humanity, and compassion that remind me that man was made in the image of God, a God of love,
And I will sing my defiance!
Contrary to what is often accepted darkness is not the opposite of light but the absence of it. A subtle distinction but it’s where this thinking leads that makes it important.
The opposites label tends to invoke the idea that light and darkness are two forces of equal power. If you want to disprove this just turn on a light, it’s clear darkness has no power of its self as light has, there is no battle of opposing forces. When the light is turned on the darkness disappears because it has no true substance.
This is important is because light and darkness are so often used as symbols of good and evil, God and the Devil, but in the same way, as anyone who has truly tapped into the power of prayer knows, just like light and darkness, there’s really no contest, when God comes evil is powerless.
It’s good to remember this when seeing so much evil portrayed – the “light switch” is always there waiting for us to turn it on.