"Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night"

It’s amazing what you see when you’re looking for it. I can’t get over how much of God I see now that I am looking for Him. 

A couple of months back I went to see the movie Interstellar. In the movie there was a poem that struck a chord with me:

    Do not go gentle into that good night,
    Old age should burn and rave at close of day; 
    Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

As that poem was quoted in the movie I leaned forward in my chair with the thought, “That’s the Christian life!” It’s incredible how many people in our country don’t live as if it’s “the Land of the Free.” I am one of them. We bustle around with countless things vying for our attention and affections. We attempt to give ourselves to everything and all the while giving ourselves to nothing. We don’t live in freedom.

The Christian life is one of freedom because Christ has set us free! Romans 6:9 says, “We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him.” If that verse is true, then how can we ever worry about our present lives? How can we dabble “gently” at all the various things competing for our attention? 

I submit that if that verse is true then we need to RAGE. And I don’t mean destroying beer pong tables after drinking 8 red bulls. I mean we ought to “rage against the dying of the light.” We ought to rage against the darkness in our world because that’s what Christ came to do and what he “finished!” We now get to join him in peeling back more and more of the darkness in this broken world.

This past week, I attended a memorial for a student who passed away suddenly on our campus. This poem was read aloud for the audience. The young man was the kind of guy who lit up a room with his smile and big personality. It was obvious from the crowd that he impacted those around him.

I wonder if we as Christians would demand the attention of the world by living this poem out. I wonder what this world might look like, if at the end of our days, we spent them raging. What could be accomplished if we lived as people who have been freed by the blood of Christ?


Read the full text of the poem here: http://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poem/do-not-go-gentle-good-night

Travis Stephens