William Andrew Dillard
BLINDERS ON-BLINDERS OFF
There are seeing folks who are blind, and there are blind folks who see! Pity the former, for there are none so blind as those who will not see. Their kind is described well in Acts 28:27, “For the heart of this people is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes have they closed; lest they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.” A common tactic of Satan is to instill fear of the unknown in the hearts of men, and induce them to blind their own eyes to spiritual reality.
Memories of childhood recall times when dad had a mule or two for plowing and other domestic chores. To get one of them to cross a creek on a very sturdy bridge was tricky. Most of the time success was achieved only when blinders were applied and the animal coaxed to follow its leader. Otherwise, the green pasture just ahead was obscured by the possible pitfall. How many animals have perished in barn fires because panic caused them to perceive the structure offered more safety than passing through it to the outside. In cases such as these, blinders were a good thing, designed to save their life, but spiritual blinders applied to men are designed to destroy life.
Moreover, men are not animals, but one cannot overlook the obvious parallel here. Needed are personal, spiritual and moral blinders to evil, and opened eyes to truth. After all, the human mind is only good when it is as an operating parachute: OPEN! It is not unusual to hear men who aspire to high places of judgment vow to keep an open mind on matters that come before them. God can speak to an open mind, but Satan wants a blinder on as many as possible: he succeeds too often.
Jesus addressed this problem in Revelation, chapter three. He enjoined the church at Laodicea, and the rest of us as well, to apply eye salve that they might see: namely, the Word of God. Disseminating the Word then is practical application of eye salve that the Holy Spirit will use to instill true sight. It may be called salt, or light, or eye salve. It is the precious Word that is light and life to those who walk in darkness. Furthermore, the church of the Lord Jesus Christ remains under the obligation of the Great Commission, and the joy of seeing should be more than enough to induce Christians to open their storehouses of knowledge to others in need of what they know and have, even if it should be in the face of criticism and opposition.
Heaven’s knowledge is true. The hope it instills is more valuable than all the world could ever offer. Uniquely, these things were procured, and are offered in and by the Lord, Jesus, the Christ. The truly good news to a sin burdened world is that He may be had by faith. “I once was blind, but now I see!”