Written by Digital Warrior: Marianne
This little light of mine. I’m going to let it shine. This little light of mine. I’m going to let it shine. This little light of mine. I’m going to let it shine. Let it shine. Let it shine. Let it shine. Do you remember learning this song? Do you remember the tune? Does it bring back good memories? Happy memories? Carefree memories? The song is a very simple, yet powerful song for many of us. It talks about how we should let our light shine for Jesus. How we are the light of the world. How many of us have a candle that is lit, but see that others around us do not. Let me take you on a journey to help light the world.
Today, many of us have been locked in our house afraid to go out because of a virus. We watch as the world around us keeps going and we long to be outside with the fresh air and birds that fly in the beautiful blue sky. We see the fluffy clouds that we once cherished as we tried to figure out the shapes in the sky. Someone might see a lion and someone might see a circus tent. We look across the street to see our neighbor looking at us through his window. You give a little smile and wave and he does the same. You remember the summer cookouts and the smell of burgers on the grill. The one thing that brings you joy is remembering the laughter as the two of you share a joke and then that feeling of sadness hits you again. Will you ever have those summer cookouts with friends and family again? Will life ever return back to normal? The sound of the television in the background brings you back to reality as you hear the news reporter say that you should “wear masks when less than six feet apart from people or indoors. When outside arrange tables and chairs to allow for social distancing. People from the same household can be in groups together and don’t need to be six feet apart- just six feet away from other families. If you want to plan activities consider those where social distancing can be maintained, like sidewalk chalk art or frisbee” (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2021). You get an idea; you grab your baseball mitt and baseball and step outside to the world you once knew and see that your neighbor notices what you are doing. He quickly joins you outside with his mitt and smiles. You walk to your fence and hold up the ball as your neighbor holds up his glove and you throw it to him. You and him talk and laugh like the good old days and you start to notice others walk out of their homes with their gloves. You start to throw the ball to the next neighbor as you talk and laugh with them and before you know it the whole neighborhood is in the game as you watch the ball move further down the lane. Did you notice that once you stepped out that others followed? That you helped to light someone else’s candle? All around the neighborhood. I’m going to let it shine. All around the neighborhood. I’m going to let it shine. All around the neighborhood. I’m going to let it shine. Let it shine, all the time, let it shine.
Then, one day you hear that there are protests and business being set on fire. You watch on television how large groups are gathering and no social distancing is being applied to them. You’ve been hearing that if you attended a rally that it was a super spreader. That you aren’t allowed to spend Christmas or New Years with your family and friends, but people in black clothing and black face masks with the words BLM written on them are allowed to gather and take statues down, burn churches, burn business and walk down the street intimidating the people in their homes. When you and your neighbors start to hold zoom meetings because you worry for your safety and those of your children. You watch together as people are forced to either join in their chant or get beaten and spit on. You post things on social media that you have already verified the sources and the sources that you received your information from are strong sources and you are being taken down because of “fact checking.” You are being put in Facebook jail because of something you believe in. How can that be? You have freedom of speech, right? It is a right that is given to every single American citizen, right? According to the U.S. Constitution our First Amendment Right reads: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances” (Constitution Annotated, n.d.). Your neighbors voice their concerns and then you notice the new person in on your zoom meeting and see that they have a puzzled look on their face, like it was the first time that they are hearing this. Even you may not have known the exact wording and now looking at it you read peaceably to assemble. Burning down businesses, buildings, and churches are not peaceful. Tearing down statutes are not peaceful. You need to share this with everyone; even if everyone does not agree, but they can’t argue against facts. Can they? Did you realize that the information that you help to provide to someone helps to light their candle? Hide it under a bushel? No! I’m going to let it shine. Hide it under a bushel? No! I’m going to let it shine. Let is shine, all the time, let it shine.
You learn that by sharing the information, no matter how accurate it is, is not being taken seriously. They have labeled you a racist, because they saw your post on election fraud, you may have even now lost your job because your post caught the attention of so many others and they called for you to be fired. The company you work for does not want to be known as a racist and even may fear that their business may now be targeted and burned down. The only option they have is to fire you. Your family, friends, and neighbors know that you are not a racist, but your child’s teacher will teach your children that your way of thinking is racist and that your children are racist. They have brought this type of teaching into the schools which is now known as Critical Race Theory. You have heard the reports of brave teachers and school board members in California and Virginia that state they are being forced to attend these trainings. In fact, you have seen a video where Coke is teaching their employees to be less white. Is that not racist in itself; do not all lives matter? If you have to put a race in front of lives matter, does that not make you a racist? In fact, a racist is defined by the Cambridge Dictionary as “someone who believes that their race makes them better, more intelligent, more moral, etc., than people of other races and who does or says unfair or harmful things as a result” (Cambridge University Press, 2021). You start to question if the information you found is correct. You doubt yourself about the things you have done and said, and then you start to feel your flame on your candle start to flicker as if someone is trying blowing it out. That’s when you come across a picture of the person who is doing it. You see the box covered in bodies holding a black and red shoe with the pentagram on it. The clear sole of the shoe with a red substance in it that states there is one drop of human blood guaranteed in each shoe. “There is only going to be 666 pairs of this shoe sold on March 29, 2021 and the scripture verse of Luke 10:18 on it” (Hoft, 2021). It’s a simple, yet very powerful, one sentence. I saw Satan Fall like lightning from heaven. The flame in you starts to burn brighter because you found the answer as it stares back at you.
Now, Satan can take many forms as we have seen he is the poster child of evil. We have faced evil when it comes to the things that are being taught to our children, the way companies treat their employees, to the way the government has overstepped its boundaries. We have seen where we have voted, and in many cases not voted, a person into power to help keep our country running smoothly and evil has taken over, but we can not allow that to blow our light out. Don’t let Satan [blow] it out! I’m going to let it shine. Don’t let Satan [blow] it out! I’m going to let it shine. Don’t let Satan [blow] it out! I’m going to let it shine. Let it shine, all the time, let it shine.
I wrote this piece to give others a ray of hope in these dark times. To remind you that although it may seem never ending and everything, we do seem to be under a microscope to be a light to someone. Just as the song reminds us that we need to shine, we also need to help others shine and light their candle with the information we are able to give to them. Many people feel as if their words are going nowhere, but remember that you may give that one person, just one, the light they need for their candle and their journey into this dark world to help others light their own candle. This little light of mine I’m going to let it shine. Let it shine, all the time, let it shine.
Note: This Little Light of Mine was written by Harold Dixon Loes. I do not own the rights to the music or the lyrics.
Cambridge University Press. (2021). Cambridge Dictionary. Retrieved from Racist: https://dictionary.cambridge.org/us/dictionary/english/racist
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2021, February 19). COVID-19 Personal & Social Activities. Retrieved from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/personal-social-activities.html#gatherings
Constitution Annotated. (n.d.). Constitution of the United States. Retrieved from First Amendment: https://constitution.congress.gov/constitution/amendment-1/
Hoft, J. (2021). EVIL: Lil Nas X and MSCHF Release Nike Shoe Dedicated to Satan with Pentagram and Human Blood in it- In a Limited Edition of 666 Pairs. Gateway Pundit.