This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. 6 If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. 7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. 8 If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. – 1 John 1:5-10
One of the most intense and suspenseful movies I can remember is Wait Until Dark. Starring Audrey Hepburn and Alan Arkin, it is a story of a recently-blind woman (Hepburn) who is being stalked by three thugs in search of a heroin-filled doll supposedly in her possession.
The climax has Hepburn’s character in her apartment desperately trying to unplug the refrigerator. She’s trying to do so because it is the only source of light in the apartment, the door having been wedged open by her pursuers. She is desperately trying to plunge her world into darkness. It is her only source of safety. She can navigate through the dark. Her pursuers cannot.
This is not the darkness that John speaks about in these verses. He’s not talking about people retreating to the safety of darkness because they are being pursued by evil actors. He’s talking about those who are hiding in the dark in order to inflict evil on others. We must not live in such dark places – places from which we launch evil schemes, places in which we hide our false motives, places where we harden our hearts to the needs of others and refuse to honor God. If we live there we have no fellowship with God.
God invites us into the light. There is, however, a problem there. In the light our evil and sin is exposed. We will have to admit that there sin in our souls. We only deceive ourselves if we refuse to admit it. But if we confess our sins, God forgives our sins and cleanses us from all unrighteousness. By his mercy and grace we are able to come to the light, live in the light, and rejoice in the light of God’s love. No need to hide from the evil one. He’s been defeated, and we are safe in fellowship with one another as forgiven of all our sins. No need to pull the plug!