Take no part in the fruitless works of darkness; rather expose them.
A friend sent a comment regarding spiritual warfare this morning, mentioning that much of the writing these days - not unlike this month's article in Vanity Fair - are 'darkness' not 'light'. My friend suggested Christians should be encouraged as they recognize the inconsistencies and errors in these things, because they affirm the teachings of Christ.
Everything exposed by the light becomes visible.
I agreed. When I look back over the years, I see how the teaching of Christ always became most clear to me when the greatest evil around me was unmasked. St. Paul sums it up here:
Let no one deceive you with empty arguments, for because of these things the wrath of God is coming upon the disobedient. So do not be associated with them. For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light, for light produces every kind of goodness and righteousness and truth. Try to learn what is pleasing to the Lord. Take no part in the fruitless works of darkness; rather expose them, for it is shameful even to mention the things done by them in secret; but everything exposed by the light becomes visible ... - Ephesians 5Elsewhere, St. Paul asks:
What fellowship does light have with darkness? - 2 Corinthians 14These lessons have been learned the hard way - through falling and rising - and more importantly, through rejection.
It is good to be rejected. It is a grace.