It is going to be harder today to find a quick answer to such questions as, “How did William Henry Harrison die?” or “What is the history of the easter bunny?” For both questions, the top search engine result is the Wikipedia website. Most know that they have chosen today, January 18, 2012, to protest some anti-piracy legislation better known as SOPA and PIPA. The list of sites participating in what they call the “blackout” is very long, but none have more star power than the familiar, free information Wiki-sites. Were I better informed about the particulars, I might articulate an educated opinion. I will defer to others for that service. My interest is in the way they have chosen to protest. They are calling it “blackout Wikipedia.” They have shut down their site and no one can use it for “research.” As my friend Keith Kasarjian wrote earlier today, “With Wikipedia down, students all over the world are scrambling to figure out how to do real research.”
In John 8:12, Jesus called Himself the light of the world. Matthew 5:14 says that we, as Christians, are the light of the world. But, Jesus, in Matthew five, says that we black out those lights (cf. 5:15). Paul demonstrates how important it is for that light to be seen. He says that in a dark, crooked and perverse world, Christians “appear as lights” (Phil. 2:15). But, when we black out that light through compromise and conformation, no one will be able to find out the answers to the most important questions of all time and eternity. We ourselves were called out of darkness into His marvelous light (1 Pet. 2:9). Paul says, “Walk as children of light” (Eph. 5:8). How can we do that if nobody knows we have the light and are the light?
None of us would arbitrary chose a day to blackout our Christianity, but if we are not careful we can make such a decision our way of life. God give us strength and courage to “put on the armor of light” (Rom. 13:12)!