Wednesday, March 14th, 2012
The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, and upon those who sat in the region and shadow of death Light has dawned.
Matthew 4:16 (NKJV)
When I was growing up in the 60s and 70s, my father called television 'the one-eyed babysitter.' It seemed innocent enough when I watched shows like Bonanza, Ed Sullivan, or Get Smart. TV lovers turned the lights down low to focus on the one-eyed friend that grew into something altogether different.
In school, Greek and Roman mythology introduced some nasty one-eyed giants called cyclops. They were not only man-eaters, but they were credited with giving Hades the 'Helmet of Darkness.' Seems fitting.
In The X-Men, Cyclops became a mutant hero. In addition to brute strength, he emitted an 'energy blast' from his eyes. Satan likes to confuse us regarding good and evil. 'Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who put darkness for light, and light for darkness' (Isaiah 5:20).
What are the common elements in these one-eyed creations (television, giants, and cartoons)?
1) We watch them in darkness, 2) We stare at them in awe, 3) They appeal to children, 4) They aren't from God, and 5) They're dangerous.
But God can work with that. Enter actors, models, and talent for Christ: 'To give light to those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace' (Luke 1:79); 'To open blind eyes, to bring out prisoners from the prison, those who sit in darkness from the prison house' (Isaiah 42:7).
Do these words sound dramatic? Have we grown accustomed to our one-eyed enchanters? Yes and yes.
God says, 'I will bring the blind by a way they did not know; I will lead them in paths they have not known. I will make darkness light before them, and crooked places straight. These things I will do for them, and not forsake them' (Isaiah 42:16).
God's performers are the 'way they did not know.' They rise behind their King.
'Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, 'I am the Light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the Light of life' ' (John 8:12).
Nothing is wasted in God's end-times salvation plan. All will be used for good. Including media and one-eyed babysitters.