19 Here is the judgment. Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light. They loved darkness because what they did was evil. 20 Everyone who does evil deeds hates the light. They will not come into the light. They are afraid that what they do will be seen. 21 But anyone who lives by the truth comes into the light. They live by the truth with God’s help. They come into the light so that it will be easy to see their good deeds.
John 3;19-21 (New International Reader’s Version)
As Lent kicks off for the rest of us; it looks like things for
Comrade Attorney General Jeff Sessions are not looking up. As of this writing, Sessions has recused himself (stepped away) from any probe into President Trump’s 2016 campaign. This is in the wake of a Washington Post report that Sessions met with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak twice last year and did not disclose these meetings to Congress.
The Sessions affair is a perfect example of tonight’s post regarding the truth. Sad to say, the Sessions affair is part of a larger web of lies (called “alternative facts”) spun by an administration that attacks any truth-finding journalism. Plus, we see presidential appointees that have already laid down some whoppers (i.e.: Education Secretary DeVos’s recent remarks about Historically Black Colleges and Universities [HBCUs]).
Tonight’s Scripture is dead-on with current events in regards to truth-telling. Here we see the Pharisee Nicodemus-a Jewish ruler-coming to Jesus at night and getting a night class in the Realm of God. This passage of Scripture is interesting because we see a ruler of Israel coming to Jesus at night-a time associated with evil, spiritual blindness, and danger. You can see the sneakiness of Nicodemus’s coming at night instead of seeing Jesus during the day for fear of his possible loss of status. Even Nicodemus’s opening lines at the start of John 3 about Jesus’s “a teacher who has come from God” (verse 2) makes me wonder if his words were just mere flattery.
However, Jesus zing’s Nicodemus with dope truth-telling the man about being “born again,” launching into a discourse about the Realm of God, and why Jesus was sent into the world. It was during this discourse we see tonight’s text at the post’s start. You see we’re judged already, because we shunned the Light of Christ since we love to do evil in the darkness. We don’t want to step into the Light for fear of exposure. OTOH, Jesus says that those who want to do good will step into the Light and let their deeds be seen.
The Jeff Sessions affair is telling about our fearing the Light, yet loving the darkness. Sessions would have been just as happy if Congress (and the rest of us) were kept in the dark about his Russian dealings. However the light of Government (and media) probing shone on the man and now he’s crying “Uncle;” whilst his foes are crying for his resignation. BTW, this Sessions was the same cat who called for then-President Bill Clinton’s impeachment for perjury in 1999 in light of his affair with Monica Lewinsky.
Let the words of Jesus in the above passage sink into our hearts and minds this Lenten Season. Let’s pray that God will help us to examine ourselves to see if we too slink into the darkness of lies and evil, avoiding His/Her Light through the Christ that came into the world. May God shine His/Her Light into our individual and collective hearts so we can live lives of truth.
(Image of Jeff Sessions courtesy of The Washington Post)