This week I got to spend some time with my older brother, Wesley. I always enjoy getting to talk with him because we always seem to end up in deep theological discussions. Another unique characteristic about him, is that he is blind. He wasn’t born blind, yet lost his sight in about 2002. He has had to learn to adapt to his new way of life. To me, it is always intriguing watching him go about his daily routine, and how he compensates for his disability. I praise the Lord that Wesley is a born again believer, yet many times when I’m around him, I can’t help but think of those who are spiritually blind. The Bible says, concerning lost people, in 2 Corinthians 4:4 “In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.” In thinking about this verse, and after speaking with my brother, I would like to point out a few things.
When I’m around my bother I have noticed some things concerning his blindness.
1. Blind people rely strongly on other senses since they cannot see. Their hearing and sense of touch are two things that seem to become stronger than in a seeing person. Likewise, spiritually blind people rely on something other than spiritual sight, that being religion. Because they are not true believers, their eyes are still blinded to the truth. They turn to religion and it is like a crutch to them, something that eases the problem for now, but eventually will damn them to outer darkness.
2. They seem to “get by.” Because they can function in society, they relax thinking everything is ok. Spiritually blinded people seem to be making it in life just fine. Many times, this very thing is what keeps them from believing and turning to the Lord, because they feel they are ok on their own, “blind but ok.”
3. They can’t see the real dangers all around them. Although they have their tapping stick, service dog, and other devices that beep and talk to them, they still have many dangers that they cannot see. A spiritually blind person may be able to make it through life seemingly unscathed, yet the greatest danger of an eternity without Christ, being blind, they cannot see.
There are millions of people all around the world that still sit in spiritual darkness waiting on someone to bring the light of the gospel to them. Please pray for the 17 million souls in Guatemala, and for my family, as we are taking the gospel to them so they can be brought out of darkness and into His marvelous light.