Genuine Country?–1 John 1:6-7

If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. –1 John 1:6-7

I have a great deal to be thankful for, but near the top of that list is the fact that the country-decor craze in the United States seems to have crested and begun to recede. For a while, it seemed, everything purchased by a thirty-something suburban homeowner had to be a sort of robin-egg blue and emblazoned with chickens or farmhouses or somesuch. When in doubt, it seems, the design gurus behind this craze opted to slap the word “Country” on the objects. I never found this look terribly appealing.

Here’s the deal. If you live in a four-bedroom ranch, if you have a sprinkler system, if eat more than once a month at Panera, if you drive a minivan, if you don’t know what Carhartt makes, if your pickup bed is empty, if you think that chickens grow in the back of Hy-Vee, then you might well not be a country person.

Similarly, if you expect military surplus at Old Navy, start your day driving on gravel, can seel livestock from your bedroom window, or think that Casey’s General Store has the finest coffee on the planet, then you probably aren’t a city person.

Can both parties agree to stop faking it?

But really, much more dangerous than a suburban type trying to fake either urban or rural credibility, are non-believers trying to fool others into thinking that they are believers. And worse yet is to fool yourself. It’s a sad fact, but many people within the church today are strangers to the light. They walk in darkness most of the time and only visit the light for an hour or two on Sunday morning, thinking that they really belong there.

Perhaps most imporant is you! John is not suggesting that we have to walk 100% in the light to be people of light or 100% in the darkness to be people of darkness. If that were the case, then things would be simple. Elsewhere in this chapter he’ll indicate that this isn’t a one-step-of-darkness-dooms-you sort of thing. The last words of these verses suggest it as well. After all, if a person only walks in the light, then what need is there to be purified of sin?

But there are those who walk mostly in the light or mostly in the darkness. The question is, which are you? My guess, since you’re reading this, is that you belong to the light, but don’t deceive yourself. You can be assured that God isn’t deceived.