Beacon of Light in the Night Sky.

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After calling Europe home for so many years, I often get a little riled-up when people make blanket generalizations about the spiritual state of such a diverse & complex region of the world.

I’m no stranger to these all-too-often words rattling off the lips of well-meaning Christians: “Oh, Europe is a VERY dark place spiritually.”

The reason this lights a fire in me (pun intended as you’ll see if you keep reading…) is because actually Europe is a place of dark AND light. Just like America.

But from my own experience working in a breadth of denominationally different churches across varying regions of Europe, I find the difference between European & American spirituality to be subtle, nuanced.

America is like one giant beam of light & color… so much so that oftentimes the bigger picture of the gospel & true Christianity gets distorted into one mega light which at a distance can actually seem faded, colorless, & bland. Sometimes from afar it even seems grey.

But in Europe, the light places shine out as beacons in a dark sky. Where there is light, it is very light. There is a huge & dynamic contrast of dark & light, as opposed to a numbing palette of grey.

So my passion in mobilizing people to serve & build God’s Kingdom in Europe is not from an angle of “Oh, Europe is a very dark place spiritually.” My aim is to gather more people in the light places to diffuse light in greater ways. The more we empower those light places (churches that are thriving, alive, & well), the more ground the light covers because the beacon becomes a stronger, more intense wash of light in a night sky.

“The light shines in the darkness, & the darkness has not overcome it.” ~ John 1:5

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4 thoughts on “Beacon of Light in the Night Sky.”

  1. You are a very fantastic and eloquent writer. I am an American who has never been to Europe, but want to go one day. Your article here gives me food for thought.
    In America, there are all religions, including none at all. I am not sure I woul say one bright light, but many colored lights like a kaleiedascope, representing the many diverse people, their cultures and faiths.

    Paulette Le Pore Motzko
    Totally Inspired Mind: Where Positive Minds Congregate

    http://www.Totallyinspiredpc.wordpress.com

  2. Thank you for your kind words Paulette. And you are absolutely right, America is more of a kaleidoscope of colors representing different religions. I was attempting to keep with the theme of one bright light as a metaphor to the beacon of hope & life that Jesus is described as in John 8:12 – “When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

  3. Nice to hear a voice praising the diversity of Europe from a different perspective. I wasn’t aware that “Europe” is known to some as a “VERY dark place spiritually”.

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