The idea of walking into a bright light is connected with divinity and the afterlife. Do we ever stop to think that light, which we call white, is actually every color? Unless we look through a prism or observe a rainbow, we miss the beautiful colors that all blend together to make full light.
As a way of describing the “glory of God” we use an image that is very inclusive. Why then do we want to exclude so many people for so many reasons from the community of light? Excluding any one part of the full spectrum makes true white light impossible. I think the same is true of humanity. Unless all people are included we do not experience the true light.
At the same time, we will not appreciate the full beauty of the light unless we get to see the separate colors. Each color of the spectrum contributes to the beauty of the whole and can be valued individually, but when all other colors are excluded the remaining color becomes tedious and boring. With people we also see their full value when compared and contrasted with others in the full color picture of life.
“If we walk in the light as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another.” 1 John 1:7