Rev. Jonathan Latham

Rev. Jonathan Latham

II Corinthians 4:3-4

“But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them.”

One of my college friends was born totally blind. He never had a chance to see a rainbow after a spring shower, view an exciting football game or behold the faces of his loving parents. Total darkness was to be his burden on this earth. However, my friend did not miss eyesight because he had never had it. He knew it existed, but he did not know what it was like to have vision. Though he had never experienced it, my friend trusted the fact that I could see. Furthermore, if I could have given him sight, he would have gladly received it.

Those who are spiritually blind are kind of like my friend. They cannot see the truth of salvation shown in the Bible due to blindness caused by the god of this age, Satan. Many people have heard of the good news of salvation, but they have never experienced it personally. They do not know what they are missing. Unlike my friend, most people have no desire to accept Christ’s gift. The lost World is determined to dismiss the Lord Jesus’s offer of abundant life as “pie in the sky, by and by.”

Imagine a sighted person coming into the land of the blind. As the people of Blindland meet this stranger, they are impressed by his uncanny ability to know things outside of their perception. He can describe the town in detail, warn of impending danger and give information about things they cannot see or feel, such as clouds or sunsets. Being a kind person, he helps those who stumble and guides the lost. One day, this person declares that he will freely give them eyesight to walk a new path, view unimagined sights and avoid hidden dangers. All they have to do is ask. Some eagerly believe and receive his gift of sight. Having received it, they happily tell others about this valuable blessing.

Sadly, there are skeptics unwilling to accept his word. Many do not even want the message of the gift proclaimed in their land. Perhaps they reject its miraculous nature. Others do not like change. Some leaders might feel this would undermine their power and prestige. Certain folks simply despise the giver of sight because he exposes things about them that they wish to keep hidden. Such motives could encourage physical attacks against him and his sighted believers. Eliminating them from Blindland would certainly solve a lot of uncomfortable problems. If it is impossible to do away with them, the next best solution is to obscure their message.

Blind leaders of science, education, government and religion who reject this new “vision” belief system unite to stop its spread. They begin with science experts stating that sight is “clearly impossible.” Then “Optics” teaching is relegated to mythology and is thus considered an unsuitable subject for schoolchildren. Government leaders put laws in place to prevent the spread of this harmful belief system. Historians provide numerous examples of how the ”vision cult” caused every war, depression and environmental problem recorded in Blindland. Indeed, the religious community joins in by pronouncing “visual perception” as the seed of caustic social division and all social ills. For this reason, all who believe in “vision” are practitioners of evil.

Of course, this “Blindland” scenario is silly. No blind person would ever reject such a gift. Right?

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