We’re (and by we I mean everyone in the west, especially America) living in a spiritually blinded culture. And I didn’t say blind – I said blinded.
Now, when I say “blinded” I’m talking about a condition that leads to a rejection of one thing on the basis of it being too restrictive, and this rejection becomes detrimental to the extent that something else is accepted in its place despite the fact that the “something else” is far more (whatever the “more” may be) than what the original thing actual was.
The above is why I say that America is in a spiritual stupor that has been increasingly worsened by “liberal-minded” agendas which tout that the ways of Christianity are oppressive to women, that Christianity is too narrow in scope of spiritual freedom, that Christianity should not be promoted in any way within any levels of the public education system, and that Christianity is a scourge to any culture that seeks to broaden its “enlightened” ways of life.
To all of that I would say two things, “You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone…and it’s on its way out” and “There are none so blind as those who will not see”.
True righteousness has been rejected throughout all levels of American government for a plurality of immoral reasons. But, regardless of the reason, when a nation, any nation, has seen the light of God’s righteousness but, in spite or in apathy, still decides to determine what their own standard of righteousness will be, then blindness to God’s true light follows. No exceptions! For there truly is a difference in being blind and being blinded (John 9:40-41, 12:37-41).
For an example (one amongst the many that purvey the headlines every day) of the totality of what I’m saying here, all you have to do is look at what recently happened at Continue reading
On the heels of revealing himself as the Light of the world, the sinless Son of God, the Savior of sinners, the true Rabbi, the One who makes the truth known, the One who knows God, and the great I AM to a group of people who took up stones to murder him, Jesus is seen as all of these by a man born blind from birth.
What irony! The only person to see Jesus the way Jesus sought to be seen was a blind man. In the eyes of the people the blind man was unemployed, uneducated and unholy. In the eyes of Jesus the man had what it took – dependence, humility and faith. Talk about a serious case of the first being last and the last being first!
Is there someone around you that you think looks like they’ve been blind from birth? Maybe they’re able to see more than what we think. The only way to find out is to mention the man who still has the ability “to make the blind see” through their sins and right into the kingdom of Heaven (Matthew 28:18-20).
“Therefore they said to him, “How were your eyes opened?” He answered and said, “A Man called Jesus made clay and anointed my eyes and said to me, ‘Go to the pool of Siloam and wash.’ So I went and washed, and I received sight.” (John 9:10-11)
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Nearsightedness is the inability to see clearly at a distance. The medical/technical name for it is myopia. During the fall term of my sophomore year of college I discovered that I had a vision problem. When I went home for the Christmas holidays I had my eyes tested, was diagnosed as having myopia, and began wearing glasses to correct my vision. From then until now my glasses have been my constant companion.
Over the last few years I gradually developed cataracts. In time, they became bad enough to affect my night vision. Recently, I underwent cataract surgery, getting a lens implant in each eye. As a result of this “miracle” of modern medical technology, my distance vision has been remarkably improved, so much so that there is the good prospect that I will only have to wear glasses for reading purposes and perhaps for some intermediate vision challenges. I can now drive, watch television, and engage in other routine activities without glasses. This past Sunday morning, for the first time in 40 years or more, I was able to shave without having on my glasses! I look “funny” to myself in the mirror without my glasses on, but then there are those who think I have always looked “funny.”
The apostle Peter spoke of some Christians who were failing to develop those graces necessary to becoming spiritually mature. He described the individual as being “blind, cannot see afar off, and has forgotten that he was purged from his old sins” (II Peter 1:9). They had developed spiritual myopia!
Spiritual nearsightedness is manifested in a variety of ways today. The alcoholic had no intention of becoming such when she took that first alluring social drink or he went out that first time with the boys after work for a beer. Had she or he been able to see the end result of that first step in the wrong direction they likely never would have taken that step. Continue reading