Blueprint Truth #2
THERE IS A KINGDOM OF LIGHT AND A KINGDOM OF DARKNESS
For He delivered us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the Kingdom of His beloved Son.
- Colossians 1:13
Darkness and light are often contrasted in Scripture and darkness depicts evil and anything that is anti-God, wicked or chaotic. Light, on the other hand, depicts good, that which is divine, and metaphorically, light represents life, salvation and the presence of God. God has a plan to build His Kingdom of light, life and love. Satan, the evil prince, also has a plan to build his own kingdom. Before trusting in Jesus Christ for our salvation, the Bible says we were all in the kingdom of darkness. Ephesians 2:1-2 says, “And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience.” We were actually under the power of Satan and the dominion of darkness and were slaves to sin! Rom. 6:16 says, “You are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin resulting in death, or of obedience resulting in righteousness.” We were born into this kingdom of sin, slavery and death because of the fall of man (Gen 3). Satan will try to disguise himself as an “angel of light” to lull us into thinking he is harmless, and that we do not need to be set free from his kingdom. However, it is by God’s loving grace and the atoning work of Jesus Christ that we have been set free. Romans 6:18 says, “And having been freed from sin, you became slaves of righteousness.” We have been rescued from the kingdom of darkness! Col 1:13 says, “For He delivered us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son.”
Teaching your child about these two kingdoms may seem like a Lord of the Rings movie, oh wait it is! The reality is the Bible says they do exist so we want to teach age appropriately about good and evil, light and darkness. I have mentioned this before, but it bears repeating, parenting is an “outside in” job. You can also teach spiritual truth this way. You can say, “How does light make your body feel? Warm. How does dark make you feel? Cold.” We can teach about darkness by using examples of dark and cold without scaring kids. In fact, I do not recommend movies that are too old for them, or seeing images in any movie depicting evil characters that can cement gory pictures or images in their mind at a young age. I remember as a teen people insisting I see the movie Carrie (yes, we have the same name) or Halloween, and I refused. I didn’t want the enemy to use it against me when I was alone and I believe protecting our kids is important in this way. You don’t have to violate kids to teach truth, in fact the opposite is true. Officials who specialize in catching counterfeit money laundering rings spend a lot of time learning what real money looks and feels like, so they can quickly spot the false. So, in teaching your son or daughter about the reality of the Kingdom of Light, it is quite simple to help them understand by using the good feelings that come with light. Examples of light to illustrate this point are sunshine, candles, fire light, etc. When they do something good, remind them they are walking in the light. When they see stars in the sky, fireworks, pretty lights at Christmas, remind them that God is Light! One of our kids loved the moon as a child. His favorite book was Goodnight Moon. One night he came out on our porch crying and said, “Mommy, moon broke!” It took me a moment, and then I realized it was a half-moon that night. I couldn’t help but smile and quickly comforted him and told him part of the moon was just hiding. The light from the moon was comforting to our son. You know the moon has no light of its own, it merely reflects the light of the sun! A good example for all of us!