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Defeating Darkness 09/07/2006

John Winthrop understood the potential of good people to change the world.

"For we must consider that we shall be as a City
upon a hill. The eyes of all people are upon us."

John Winthrop, the governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, wrote these words about one of our founding settlements nearly 400 years ago. Since that time, America has, for the most part, maintained faith in a Guiding Light and shone the light of truth and freedom around the world.

Once again, the "eyes of all people" watch America to see if we will continue to be that light, even in the darkest places on earth. Never has the hill upon which we sit been so visible.

Throughout recent history, darkness has encroached upon truth and freedom. Darkness under Hitler and Mussolini, darkness under the Soviet Union, and now darkness under the radical, fascist regimes of Islamism. ("Islamism" is the politicization of the Islamic religion. It attempts to control the state, run society, and remake the human being.)

Americans and free people all over the world must understand that darkness can only prevail in two circumstances. Despite setbacks and distorted perceptions, darkness cannot overcome light. Therefore, only two scenarios allow darkness to triumph.

First, darkness will win in the absence of light. If you venture deep into the ocean or far below the earth, you can experience "pitch black" in which there is zero visibility. The result is complete disorientation. There is no sense of space or direction. Any human left in these conditions would immediately feel fear and almost certainly descend into insanity and death.

Second, darkness can reign as long as light is hidden. A full moon will cast no shadows on a cloudy night because the light is obscured. The same is true with the light of truth.

I don't believe that the world will experience "pitch black" as long as there are good people alive. Certainly regions can fall into utter darkness, as evidenced by pervasive fear, insanity and death, but the hope of truth and freedom still exists. The real danger exists when truth and freedom are hidden.

One of America's greatest strengths is freedom of thought. President John F. Kennedy said, "We are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasant facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies, and competitive values. For a nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people."

Truth withstands debate because light dispels darkness. The Islamists that seek to conquer nations disallow debate under the guise of Shari'a, or religious law, and attempt to subvert freedom of thought by suppressing freedom of expression. This darkness cannot be completely destroyed, but it can be pushed back by shining the light of freedom and truth into the deepest corners of civilization.

This is the calling of America and all free people. We are a city set on a hill. The enemy sees our darkness and exploits it for their own purpose. We must shine truth bright enough to dispel all deception, fear and oppression. In this, we must not fail. The whole world is watching.

Author: James Robison

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About the author: James Robison is the founder and president of LIFE Outreach International, an international humanitarian aid ministry; host of the television program, Life Today; and author of The Absolutes: Freedom's Only Hope.

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