In the utter darkness of this world, this man will not remove his cloak to toss it over the Light of God. Though I perceive the wickedness of men with clarity, I will raise up the Lantern of hope.
I refuse to be ashamed. I refuse to hide the Gospel of Christ Jesus. I refuse to lower the Lantern. I refuse to fear as I walk among the angry dead. And I refuse to obey Man; “Take this filthy name away from us! We have no desire to hear it spoken again. If you continue, so will we. The punishment of obscurity is in our hand to deliver.”
I will not cease to speak the only hope you have. There is no hope among you but the message of Christ Jesus, the Holy Son of God! In Him alone, is the forgiveness of your sins. In Him alone, is the majestic power to raise you from the dead.
From the living grave of rebellion you gnash your teeth at his Holy name. Therefore proof lives among you that you need his eternal sacrifice.
I do not write this as a declaration of war. I do not stand defiantly against you. Though I defy your order to cease, I do so that you may learn to live.
I will not hide the Light of Life. I will ascend to whatever prominent place among you I can. And I will speak and live among you that you may know there is hope.
The declaration of war is impressed upon your heart from the day you are born. And how gladly and easily you obey the rebellious one. You are bent toward sin like the trees along the coastline. But God is able to straighten your crooked trunk.
He will cause you to chase the Sun like a sunflower. Malleable bark will cover your stiff frame. He will cause righteousness to blossom on your limbs. Instead of the fruit of rebellion, you will produce the fruit of Godly love.
God will come and eat the fruit of righteousness you will offer. He will promise you, on oath, a portion in his Garden of Eden. He will walk among you with pleasure instead of eternal threats. And joy will be yours forever.
You call his name filthy because you do not know him. You are blind and ignorant to the definition of love. And for this reason I will hold high the Gospel of Christ Jesus.
By His Grace