God is light ...

... in Him there is no darkness at all.

Or so says the Apostle John in 1 John 1:5.

This is such a relevant word for college students.

So many students think that God is both light and darkness.

They probably wouldn't phrase it that way: "light and darkness."  But dig a little bit and you'll see.  Fear.  Shame.  Trepidation.  "God may be good and helpful," they say "but he could also hurt you, embarass you, and drain the fun from your life."  Light and darkness.

A god of light and darkness is in many ways easier to believe in.  The world we experience contains both beauty and horror.  If there is one god in charge of it all, behind it all ... he must be into both light and darkness.  It makes sense.

But against this line of reasoning we have John's "God is light, in Him there is no darkness at all."  Light.  Pure light.  Not mostly light.  Not pretty light.  Light.

And so this reshapes our view ...

You don't need to experience evil to appreciate good. 
"God is light, in Him there is no darkness at all."

College doesn't have to be a time of experimentation.
"God is light, in Him there is no darkness at all."

Evil doesn't stand on equal footing with good.
"God is light, in Him there is no darkness at all."

Not all ideas in the Academy are created equal.
"God is light, in Him there is no darkness at all."

Life in Christ has to look holy and humble.
"God is light, in Him there is no darkness at all."

We need to be serious about following Jesus on campus.
"God is light, in Him there is no darkness at all."

What does it mean to us that God is light?

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