The Great Eclipse

J. D. Conley
August 27, 2017

Last Monday a rare solar eclipse occurred as the moon passed directly between the earth and the sun. The nearness of the moon coupled with the enormous distance the sun is from earth, made it possible for our tiny satellite to block out the light from our huge nearest star. Although the effects were barely noticeable here, it became quite dark in the southern region of the country. Two weeks out people began hyping up this phenomenon. The news and social media were inundated with information on how, and how not, to watch the eclipse. Merchants had difficulty keeping special shaded glasses in stock, and even bakeries began offering eclipse themed donuts and cakes. As it turns out a lot of money was made off the eclipse of 2017. If one did not know better, they'd think the eclipse was the event of the century. Literally thousands of pictures were taken with a lot of them being posted on Facebook. As fascinating as the eclipse was, eclipse fatigue has set in, and it's quickly becoming old news.

But there is another eclipse the inhabitants of earth need to be made aware of and promptly address, i.e., the world coming between them and the Son. The earth is replete with people who cannot see the Son because the world is in the way. Hence, they are in a perpetual state of darkness. Due to their love of money, power, fame and prestige they have been blinded by "the god of this world," and cannot see "the light of the glorious gospel of Christ" (2Cor.4:4).

It's the duty of every Christian to try and lead this dark world into the light, (Mt.5:14-16; 1 Jn.1:5). As we strive to do so, we must never forget these commandments, "Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever" (1 Jn.2:15-17). May the church never allow the world to come between us and the Son, for this would be a terrible event with tragic consequences! May we do all in our power to prevent this horrific eclipse from ever happening.

Furthermore, may we do our best to get this dark world to see "the light of the world" (Jn.9:5). Until then, this world will be in the throes of a great eclipse. Let us pray for it to pass!