I’m often amused and perplexed when I see individuals in the mall or Wal-Mart, dressed as if they were still five year olds, putting on the first thing from the floor of their closet and feeling quite pleased with how they look. My first thought that jumps into my brain, “Did you look in the mirror before you left the house?” Perhaps they do look. After all, most humans stop to look, and if what they see is OK, maybe they even smile as their brain tells them, “Wow! You look marvelous!” After all, why shouldn’t a 70-year-old woman wear the same hot pink, skin tight leotard that the teenage girls do? The moral question here is not immodesty (which is off the chart), but blind foolishness.
Blindness to one’s wrongs, howbeit dress of the body or dress of the soul, is nothing new. Matter of fact, it is one of the main reasons Jesus came into this world. Luke 4:18-19 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, (19) to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” All of Jesus’ miracles involving the blind were to recover their visible sight. However, on one occasion, Jesus used the miracle to promote a point regarding our spiritual blindness (John 9:1-41). Here are the facts in this event: 1) A man was blind from birth. 2) Jesus gave the man his sight. 3) Some of the Pharisees (who couldn’t actually see) questioned and scoffed at the man, his family and Jesus for doing a good deed on the Sabbath. 4) Jesus condemned their blind and stubborn foolishness. John 9:39-41 Jesus said, “For judgment I came into this world, that those who do not see may see, and those who see may become blind.” (40) Some of the Pharisees near him heard these things, and said to him, “Are we also blind?” (41) Jesus said to them, “If you were blind, you would have no guilt; but now that you say, ‘We see,’ your guilt remains.
We live in a world today where rebellion and ignorance are applauded. There are few boundaries or absolutes. Sinful activity and wrong behavior are excused with sympathy that they are the result of a disease, an unsavory childhood, poor environment, racial prejudices, or social injustices. Love says, “You’re wrong. Your behavior is sinful. Change, repent and you’ll be accepted.” Blindness says, “You’re not wrong. Your behavior is acceptable. You don’t need to change. They must accept you or they are haters and bigots.” Love is trying to help the blind before they go off the cliff. The blind are leading the blind to the cliff and pushing them off. Luke 6:39 He also told them a parable: “Can a blind man lead a blind man? Will they not both fall into a pit?
We somehow must get through to those who are blind to their own destruction. How can we make them see that the path they are being led down is hopeless? Here is the problem…the blind think they can see. They’ve accepted their course and are quite satisfied to pursue its end. “If you were blind, you would have no guilt; but now that you say, ‘We see,’ your guilt remains. Lk.9:41. Sometimes all the preaching and teaching will not suffice. God even tells us that there comes a time when you will not convince a person who is blind, that they are blind. Luke 16:28-31 for I have five brothers–so that he may warn them, lest they also come into this place of torment.’ But Abraham said, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them hear them.’ He said to him, ‘If they do not hear Moses and the Prophets, neither will they be convinced if someone should rise from the dead.'”
What we can do, is first pray and seek that God turns their heart. With God all things are possible and the prayers of a righteous person are very effective (James 5:16).
Second, we need to live quiet and righteous lives. Many of those who have wandered down the wrong path have, years later, looked across the way to those who were living right and opened their eyes. The Prodigal Son said ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have more than enough bread, but I perish here with hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and I will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. Luke 15:17-18.