If Christ is the light of the world, and he is our life and salvation, we should have confidence regardless of how the world rages against us. Their most potent rhetorical lies — the insults thrown at us, the label of racist, homophobe, transphobe, misogynist — should not matter, for we will correctly see them as the substitute for patriotism, which used to be the last refuge of scoundrels.
But too many of us fear the opinion of man more than the opinion of God. Christ does not call us into an endgame of despair, but of triumph. For any one of use of faith, the most weak, the least faithful, is greater than a thousand of the converged, who think that being a mindless NPC is the height of spirituality.
15 Whereas you have been forsaken and hated,
with no one passing through,
I will make you majestic for ever,
a joy from age to age.
16 You shall suck the milk of nations;
you shall nurse at the breast of kings;
and you shall know that I, the Lord, am your Saviour
and your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob.
17 Instead of bronze I will bring gold,
and instead of iron I will bring silver;
instead of wood, bronze,
instead of stones, iron.
I will make your overseers peace
and your taskmasters righteousness.
18 Violence shall no more be heard in your land,
devastation or destruction within your borders;
you shall call your walls Salvation,
and your gates Praise.
19 The sun shall be no more
your light by day,
nor for brightness shall the moon
give you light;
but the Lord will be your everlasting light,
and your God will be your glory.
20 Your sun shall no more go down,
nor your moon withdraw itself;
for the Lord will be your everlasting light,
and your days of mourning shall be ended.
21 Your people shall all be righteous;
they shall possess the land for ever,
the branch of my planting, the work of my hands,
that I might be glorified.
22 The least one shall become a clan,
and the smallest one a mighty nation;
I am the Lord;
in its time I will hasten it.
I find it interesting that the response of the Pharisees is to invoke precedent and tell Christ he cannot say this. Legal niceties matter more than being in the presence of the light of the world.
So instead they got schooled on the trinitarian nature of God by a member of the trinity.
12 Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” 13 So the Pharisees said to him, “You are bearing witness about yourself; your testimony is not true.” 14 Jesus answered, “Even if I do bear witness about myself, my testimony is true, for I know where I came from and where I am going, but you do not know where I come from or where I am going. 15 You judge according to the flesh; I judge no one. 16 Yet even if I do judge, my judgement is true, for it is not I alone who judge, but I and the Father who sent me. 17 In your Law it is written that the testimony of two people is true. 18 I am the one who bears witness about myself, and the Father who sent me bears witness about me.” 19 They said to him therefore, “Where is your Father?” Jesus answered, “You know neither me nor my Father. If you knew me, you would know my Father also.” 20 These words he spoke in the treasury, as he taught in the temple; but no one arrested him, because his hour had not yet come.
TThe prophet predicted that Christ would be our light, and we would not be in darkness. That the vision of God would be our guide, and that we would have material blessings. These things are not yet. Instead we have travail, and this world hates us.
But Christ knows the endgame for Satan and those converged with him, and it is the second, eternal death. He came so that we would not perish.
Do not let legal quibbles or false teachers or fear of the woke keep you from Christ. For when his justice comes, they will be found wanting. But we will plead, instead, that we are covered in the blood of Christ, shed for us.