When we claim to be “children of light” and yet switch off the light when what it reveals is unpleasant or uncomely or uncomfortable, are we not strengthening the darkness? Does not the murkiness thicken when the Church fails to stand as light in life?

Paul, to the church in Ephesus wrote: “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord. Have nothing to do with fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.
But everything exposed by the light becomes visible, for it is light that makes everything visible.” [Ephesians 5:8-14]
Living within a culture of cowardice, we find it awkward to expose darkness the way Paul instructs. Orienting ourselves around the least mature, our response to a moral failure is to make it easy for the fallen leader. We tell ourselves that the “restoration” of the fallen leader is most important. So, we keep the indiscretion secret. We keep it in the dark.

-Kirk Kirlin, Leadership Courage