The medical and holistic communities have been in agreement for years as to the dangerous effects of low vitamin D. The easiest way to remedy this is sunlight. Ultraviolet B light. UVB. Yet low vitamin D is still a problem and it can be helped by a supplement or, even better, a little time in the sun. But I’m talking about “spiritual” sunlight. And the lack of this light from above, from Him, has become serious to the point of epidemic proportions. It leads to intestinal problems, immune problems, cancer, heart disease, asthma, and a myriad of cognitive problems. As Christians, in John 8:12, we’re told that if we follow after Christ, we’ll not walk in darkness and in fact have the light of life. But we’re warned in John 11:10 that by not doing so, we’ll end up stumbling because this light is not in them.
Look at the hearts of so many who seem to have a voice that is being broadcast. Are they walking in love? Are they walking in the light as He is the light? Something is amiss. We are to guard our hearts as it is the wellspring of life (Proverbs 4:23). This anger and division among us has become a cancer and it is defiling many. It has led to chronic stomach issues from being upset at all we hear and read on a steady basis. Even His word is being twisted to give credence to an indefensible stance. If it is contrary to His word, why would we defend or promote it? Our hearts have grown cold. There is little room to love one another as He told us to. But what seems most apparent are the deleterious cognitive effects of walking on a path that is shown to have dangerous consequences.
People seem to be in a constant state of agitation. The least little thing will set them off. They seem to have no problem sounding off against others on social media in the most offensive ways. This has become an outlet for many to vent the worst comments to people they might have been acquainted with at one time. And to those they don’t know and cannot see? Well, they feel they have free reign to spew venom. I realize that this goes on everywhere, but I’m concerned as to the degree it happens with Christians and to so many I have known in my life. As Paul said to the church of Galatians, “Who has bewitched you?” In taking part in spreading of hatred and fighting amongst ourselves, we are not able to present an example to the world as to what it means to follow Christ. Can we have opinions? Of course. Can we stand for one side as opposed to another? Yes. But in doing so, can we express ourselves in a way that shows the flesh fighting against the Spirit, which is contrary to His ways? No!
Cognitive decline leads to the inability to make good decisions. Look around at all you see and hear, as well as the clamor of voices trying to outshout each other, and see how many good decisions you recognize. People have difficulty concentrating, as chaos is the order of the day. And as it says in Ephesians 2:2, our adversary is the prince of the power of the air. He loves this confusion and agitation. Forgetfulness becomes a major problem. Just look at all those who seem to have forgotten that Galatians 6 says “The fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience that endures, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” These are to be without limit. But with a low reading of spiritual vitamin D, we see a prevalence of manipulation of others by any means ~ including hatred of those who get in your way or differ from you, senseless arguments, resentment when others are favored, temper tantrums and other outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, and dissension. Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. (Luke 6:45) If lack of His light affects our hearts and minds, how can we effectively be examples of His love and truth? It can be depressing, and depression is also affected by lack of Sunlight.
So what do we do? We must take hold of the fact that through Christ, He has qualified us to be partakers of a glorious inheritance of the saints in the light. But we must walk in that light. If we allow our tongue to remain unbridled and to speak that which only causes strife, then we must also realize that we’ve strayed from the path of righteousness and preferred a walk in darkness. In government, business and in the church, too many provide bad examples and in fact cause much of the strife we see today. Do not allow this constant barrage of dark thoughts and actions to bring you down. Sit in the Light. Absorb as much “spiritual vitamin D” as you can. Every day! In Isaiah 26, it says that He will keep you in perfect peace if your mind is stayed on Him, because your trust is in Him. He also says He is the light. So “SONbathe!” Walk in the light, and just as it says in Matthew 5:16, “Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” We can’t do that if we allow all that is going on in our country to rob us of the spiritual vitamin D necessary to live productively. There is one Great Light that is able to do exceedingly, abundantly above all we ask or think. Ask for the Son. Blessings.