Here are some of the insights from my talks with a number of Methodists, both young and old.
Darkness is nothingness. All it takes to produce darkness is for the sources of light to be extinguished. A candle can light up a dark room until it runs out of fuel or it is blown by a gust of wind.
Don’t you just wish sometimes that we Christians had a list of things that we can or cannot do; words that we can or cannot say; beverages that we can or cannot drink and foods that we can or cannot eat. In Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians, he tells them that “everything is permissible.” That is actually a good thing.
A lot of kids are afraid of the dark. Some of them could not get over such fear even when they grow up. In the Philippines, there are still numerous far flung areas without electricity. As such, the evenings are dark…, the people sleep early and the darkness keep them inside their houses during the night. When the electricity fails in the cities, on the other hand, the lights go out and darkness sets in.
Let’s hit on a rather unorthodox and uncomfortable topic. Do you think the church is still relevant to the lives of young people in this generation? I admit there are times that I would rather connect to the internet than go to church.
The dreaded chickenpox appeared all over my body, covering me like Venom’s dark alien suit. I felt bad. Weak and ill. And itchy all over. When I arrived home at Quezon City, the verdict came like a clanging metal door shutting me out of the civilized world. ISOLATION!