Spiritual darkness is all around us. It leads to misguided spiritual applications and teachings that are simply false! Spiritual darkness envelopes the minds of so many while they believe they are so enlightened. We see where people promote the things of the Lord Jesus Christ as if they were some banner or parade float for all to view. Spiritual life through Jesus never nurtures arrogance or self-promotion.
Spiritual darkness abuses the things of the Spirit of God and our Lord and Savior. Too many are making the Lord and the Spirit 'user friendly' by making the true Light as a fun-time loving atmosphere. There is no awe in the heart, no reverence or sober thinking. The Lord is paraded by the spiritual darkness of people as fun, one liners, smart remarks and such a laid back atmosphere while speaking of joy in the Spirit is what this is all about. The other night while watching a TV evangelist, while it showed thousands sitting and listening, he spoke out, "Let's give the Lord a wave offering!" The whole crowd broke out into clapping and the lifting up their hands to heaven. It was a loud noise they called 'praise' and it took a few minutes to regain control. When we look closely at Scripture, there is nothing like this ever mentioned. (By the way, the wave offering was when they brought of the peace offerings to the Lord and were waved toward the Holy of Holies to the Lord! It had nothing to do with the waving of hands.)
When the Lord Jesus is spoken or presented by shallow wise-crackers or gestures as something common and familiar to us, it not only demeans the Lord but it also injures the people listening taking them deeper and deeper into spiritual darkness. It becomes difficult to reach those because they were made to feel something, either laughing or crying or some emotion they have tied to the Lord. The truth doesn't matter. We need the Lordship of Jesus to be just that...LORD! In His Lordship, never tie Him to getting you a parking spot right in front of the store while it was raining (while the Lord ignored everyone else). Never speak of Him as finding you the right hairdresser who does your hair just right! That is right up there with the arrogant, wisecracking preacher, parading around in his gold watch, designer cloths who promotes the Lord is doing all these wonderful little things for us on this earth. May we keep the Lord in His proper place...first place in our lives and remember we were bought with a price and show some reverence for our salvation!