Yes, if you keep looking into the dark, your vision will adjust, and you’ll see the hate, hypocrisy, and corruption you’ve suspected are there. But the gloom has a way of transforming your righteous outrage into callous cynicism. Stay there long enough, and you’ll become as bitter, self–centered, and cruel as everything else living in the shadows.
Just a little while in the light can renew your mind and restore your heart to remember people aren’t supposed to be the target of your righteousness, they’re the intention of your love.
“This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light, and in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have relationship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have real relationship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin” (1 John 1:5–7).