For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. (2 Corinthians 4:6)

Country roads are littered with the broken corpses of deer who were mesmerized by the headlights of speeding cars and trucks.  Moths flutter their last flutter around porch lights.  And just try staring into the sun for a few minutes.  Goodbye retina.  The moral of the story?  Light can kill you.

Now, multiply that by a few gazillion and you’ve got some serious candle power.  I’m talking God here, folks.  The Bible says that God lives in unapproachable light.  That means anybody who tries to take a peek at the Dude with the flashlight is pretty much fried.  That’s what freaked out the prophet Isaiah when he accidentally caught a glimpse of the divine floor show: “Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the LORD Almighty.” Never approach God without a pair of sunglasses handy.

The freaky thing is that God crammed all that candle power into this guy Jesus.  He kept the shades pulled over it most of the time, but there was one time up on this mountain when he let the cat out of the bag so to speak: He was transfigured before them, and his face shone as the sun, and his garments did become white as the light. When the disciples saw this they became babbling idiots, which continues to be the only trustworthy evidence of genuine revelation.  If somebody makes sense, they’re probably a fake.

Okay.  Now take this high-power illumination, focus it like a laser, aim it at our hearts, and pull the trigger.  BAM!  SIZZLE!  SPUTTER!  POP!  Southern-fried soul food—a little charred around the edges, but that’s the risk of cooking over a consuming fire.   Voilà!  The recipe that changed the world.

Christian (noun): A crispy, babbling idiot of particular appeal to the God of the Universe.


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