Friday, May 2, 2008

Let's light a candle

Do I detect some pessimism in Malcolm Irwin's evolutionary conclusion?

Hope is a gospel value that humankind can never extinguish. In South Africa, prior to out lawing apartheid black citizens would light a candle and place it in the window as a sign of hope, a sign and conviction that one day this evil would be overcome. The then Government moved to declare this action of lighting a candle illegal which even became a joke among the children who would badger the police with "Our Government is scared of light a candle".
History would eventually show that the demise of apartheid was at least in part due to 'lit candles' (which the Government wisely feared) and were very much more powerful than guns.

In the struggle for justice and peace our true weapons are certainly not the equipment of warfare, nor just human devising but the lit candles of hope based on the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Remember those telling words of Isaiah, "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways" declares the Lord (55.8) and Zachariah 4.6 "Not by might nor by power, but my Spirt" says the Lord Almighty.
It has been said, 'It is better to light one candle than to sit in the darkness'. Let's light candles of hope because - The Light - is stronger than the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it. (Jn.1.5)


  1. No pessism, not even a bad hair day. Simply trying to help people feel the challenge of what we think is certain/inevitable, what progress tells the world can and cannot be done. I'm simply trying to get people to conspire, dream, light a candle if that is where you're at, to see that the world is changeable/movable, that it can be different tomorrow when we wake up.

  2. We have sucked and we have done well, and yes we need hope for the future! But we are in the now and the future is tomorrow (literally tomorrow). We are the primary decision makers for our lives and the world (its a bit more urgent than we tend to imagine).

    Which leads me to another thought about Values and a new way-- Values need to be tangible at a personal level and also very tangable in a collective. values i suppose are a process. As we discover new values (an old way simply didnt work) then we personally live this-- they will then spread to attatching themsleves to our collective.

    So values as a process of learning instead of a label we peal off and then attatch a new one when we need a new direction... (that was a bit of an addition to Daryls comment a while ago also).