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 Riverheads High School in Augusta County, Virginia where school officials are obviously so blind that they can’t see the handwriting on the wall for the mesmerizing “beauty” of calligraphy.
You see (or at least I hope you can), in light of that story, it’s obvious that culturally speaking:
When a Christian says that Jesus is the [only] way, the [only] truth, and the [only] light (John 14:6), he or she is castigated as a religious and bigoted nut. And yet, the Islamic point of view which allows no room for other religions to exist is exalted in the eyes of liberals as religious romanticism and devotion.
When a Christian says that immodesty reveals a baser way of thinking, and leads to a baser way of behaving, and that God calls all individuals to recognize his and her responsibility to promote holiness when it comes to our dress, well that’s just oppressive. And yet, Islam’s customary dress (which includes everything from head-scarves to head-to-toe clothing) for women is seen in the eyes of liberals as fashionably respectable.
When a Christian says that the Bible is the word of God, well, the “compliment” of the Bible being “old-fashioned, outdated, and out-of-touch with modern times” is expected, and promoting the reading thereof at any length within the public school system for any reason other than ridicule is down-right reprehensible and a violation of the separation of church and state. And yet, the involvement of a Koran within the classroom setting is just seen in the eyes of liberals as interactive and informative learning.
When the Bible says, “God has given them a spirit of stupor, eyes that they should not see and ears that they should not hear, to this very day” (Romans 11:8) the context speaks of Israel in relation to their rejection of God’s will (light) through Jesus. But to think that Israel is the only nation that God is concerned with when it comes to the treatment of his righteousness is to think in error; because Jesus came to be a light to the gentile nations as well (Isaiah 42:6, Luke 2:25-33, Acts 26:22-23), and when one rejects that light then one is given over to a stupor that will enthusiastically pursue darkness in its place, all the while being completely oblivious to the ditch that plainly lies before their feet (Matthew 15:13-14).
This is why I say we’re living in a spiritually blinded culture, and if you can’t see it too, well….
“The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” 2 Thessalonians 2:9-12