by Robert C. Frank
Just as physical darkness shuts down visual communication between people, social darkness often refers to social isolation. Human experience has taught us that we all need loving relationships with other people in order to lead happy and productive lives. When human relationships are broken, we are left in social darkness. Bonds of love are often broken as a result of physical, mental, or social disabilities. Jesus Christ was the ultimate servant leader. Instead of living in luxury and issuing orders, he taught his followers by example to love and care for those who are socially isolated. In John 8:12 in the Bible, it says, “Again Jesus spoke to them, saying ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’”
As a result, the followers of Jesus have continued to bring light to the world by spreading love, knowledge and understanding. The cross that has become the symbol for Christianity is seen everywhere reminding people that forgiveness is vital for healing social wounds. The followers of Jesus have also been leaders in the development of hospitals and medical facilities required to heal physical and mental wounds. Some of the best hospitals in the world were established by Christianity. Stimulated by the desire to have people read the Bible, Christians have also always been strong supporters of education. Christianity aided by science has provided a world view today that is more detailed and brighter than at any time in history.
Social darkness still exists in the world so Christ’s Team will need to continue to bring God’s light. Every human life is important.
Robert C. Frank
Author of Christ’s Team