“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness does not dim it”John 1:5
Many times prejudice people will confront us saying something along the lines of,
“You are evil! Wearing all of that black clothing! Don’t you know that God is the Light, and the Light has nothing to do with the Darkness!”
But we Goths know that those people are making ridiculous attacks based on false assumptions due to inaccurate prejudice stereotypes, and a horrible misunderstanding of what the Bible is truly talking about in those passages.
Prejudice Norms (Non-Goths) incorrectly and ignorantly like to claim those passages are in reference to our wearing of black clothing, or liking the night, or bats, or crows. But anyone who actually reads the Bible with clear eyes, unblemished by hatred for their fellow man, can see that those passages are talking about, “The wisdom of following Torah (God’s ways).” As opposed to, “The ignorance of following sin.” As the 1st Epistle of John states, YHVH’s way involves love for thy brother; whereas hatred for thy brother is one of the signs of the antichrists. Therefore in their twisting of The Word in order to use it to attack their brother, those Norms are showing who the true antichrists are.
We, as a people, see so much ignorant vitriol, hatred, and violence from those people in their bright clothing and tanned complexions, as they scream at us, enraged by our mere existence, them harassing and threatening, and in some cases even killing us. When we are gentle, refined, wise, and just wish to be left alone to live in peace.
These bright colourfully clothed Norms spew ignorant hate, and true internal darkness from which no light shineth. While we, with our pale skin, shine forth from the darkness of the world around us, shine forth with a light that is undimmed.
We are the Light of the world, may our light shine before all, that they may see the good that we do and give glory to God (Matthew 5:16).
“Conduct yourselves with such honour among the Gentiles that, though they slander you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day He visits us.”1 Peter 2:12
In this sad, dark world full violence and hatred, full of bright colour wearing people who like to wear the false faces of saints while they are filled with prejudice hatred of their fellow man, love of worldly possessions (greed / Mammon), and fear of imaginary monsters; we Goths shine forth brightly in our sackcloth shrouds, having died to this world, and seeing things through eyes that have been cleansed, we try to find happiness, joy, and beauty in all of God’s creations, from the black cat, to the bat, to the cloudy rainy day.
I remember, right after the Columbine shooting, how several Goth communities around the country came together to do acts of charity: food drives, cleaning cemeteries, fundraises; there are still Gothic groups that do such things to this day. Right after Columbine, when the whole world hated us and wanted us dead; we came together to help those in need, even those who hated us. We truly live out The Word: love those who persecute you, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. (Matthew 5:43-48, Luke 6:27-36)
It is for these reasons that the old Goth saying exist:
“We don’t wear colours, colours are for those with no inner life.”Morticia Addams
“Wearing black allows my inner light to shine.”
We must remember that the Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness does not diminish it.
- The covenant with Abraham was made in darkness (Genesis 15:7)
- Passover took place in darkness (Exodus 12:12)
- Yeshua rose in the dark (John 20:1)
- YHVH dwells in darkness (Exodus 20 21.1 Kings 8:12. Psalm 18:11)
- Creation began in darkness (Genesis 1.2), and ends in darkness (Revelation 20:11).
It is in the darkness that the Light truly shines!