You're strolling around your neighborhood as evening falls. You've taken this walk many times before. But this time something is different. As the shadows deepen, you have an increasing sense of insecurity. The gray areas seem to fade to darker gray; the darker gray shadows blacken. You want to run, but you can't see clearly enough to move that fast. You step from shadow to shadow into a growing darkness. You lose sight of familiar landmarks . . . Your heart rate speeds. You break out in a sweat. Breaths come fast and shallow.
You see no lights in the windows. No street lamps come on. Why is the darkness advancing like this? Where are the lines, the familiar pathways? . . . You move forward. You bump into a wall, so you inch your way along whatever wall that is, feeling your way with your fingertips. Sight is all but gone. Terror grips you.
You can't be sure of anything. That uncertainty envelopes you in a hazy fog, and fear enfolds you like a dark shroud. And now the wall ends. There's nothing left to hang on to. You can't even walk by feeling your way now. You can't see. You stand, frozen to the spot, terrified of the unseen enemies in the darkness.
That's a selection from the opening parable of Responding to Light: Trading Confusion for Clarity. It symbolizes how the trends of the past 50 years have darkened the culture and confused the church, leaving a wide path of destruction. Responding to Light is the first in a planned set of three books, the purpose of which is to expose the growing cultural darkness and to call readers out of the confusing shadows and into the light of clarity, enabling them to lead others to clarity and victory.
Responding to Light: Trading Confusion for Clarity is the first in a planned set of three books.
This first book will