“Send the light, the blessed gospel light,” wistfully sang Pastor Popoy, our church's young missionary, in his soulful voice during our worship service.
Knowing the hymn by heart, I silently sang along with him. It’s been two weeks since that Sunday and I am still humming it—definitely an LSS (last song syndrome) or more importantly, a prayer.
It’s a plea to our Master, Who rules our universe, for His light to please shine upon us.
Many have been feeling like we’re living in the Dark Ages. With all these modern gadgets that bring us news all over our country, almost from island to island, I know how our light as a people has grown dimmer and dimmer over the past months.
We have new leaders in government, hugely popular, that have been ramrodding their way to challenge existing laws and policies in the guise of change for the “good of the Filipino people.” It’s an open season for killing, diplomatic turnabout, cursing, flip-flopping—confusing many but empowering more toward impunity.
Never has the Christian community been so divided right down the middle.
“If the Bible says it’s wrong, it’s wrong,” says one side.
“The Bible tells us to respect authority,” says the other side.
“Respect and condoning what is wrong are two different things,” the argument continues.
“Opposing the leadership, in whatever form, undermines unity,” the retort comes fast.
And so the debate (peppered with bitterness, anger, malice, and self-righteousness) rages on and on, magnified on social media.
Where do we stand?
I, for one, feel as though I am teetering in the dark, badly needing light, God’s light, to shine upon what’s right so I may see where we are going and what to do before we reach either doom or glory.
One thing is sure, every Christian I know is praying. But, again, many prayers (at least those I read on social media) are either “for” or “against” pronouncements and actions of the new dispensation.
My own are the lyrics of this old hymn by Charles H. Gabriel (1888):
“Let us pray that grace may everywhere abound,
Send the light! Send the light!
And a Christ-like spirit everywhere be found,
Send the light! Send the light!”