How blind are you to the “other side?”


Image“As he went along, Jesus saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” John 9:1-2

It is our nature to want answers to all of life’s questions: Why do the good die young? Why does God allow my child to be born with a defect? Why was Trayvon Martin killed? Part of maturity is to understand that you would have to be God and have all his knowledge to understand how life plays out. Jesus answers the disciples here with THE BIG PICTURE. This man was born blind so that the work of God might be displayed in his life. As long as it is day, we must do the work of the one who sent me. Night is coming.

It is so easy to be oppositional with our lives. 90% of Mitt Romney’s ads in Florida were negative. David Gregory, host of To Meet the Press was asked what the biggest change was over the 25 years of his working on the show. His answer: Partisanship. The parties can no longer work together. It used to be that our elected officials would cross over the aisles to get things worked out. No more. The divide is way too big. Our coming together is oppositional. When we become exclusive, then we demonize those on the other side. (My thanks to Dr. Bill Robinson for these thoughts) We don’t believe information of people outside our group. In Africa, this is called Tribalists.

In John 9, the Pharisees missed the miracle, because they were worried about if a law had been broken. They missed the Living God who was manifested in their presence. What are you missing because you have gathered in one corner of the world? Don’t fall into the trap of only believing those in your group. God doesn’t work that way. When we gather in our parties rather than in the middle, we are blinded to the ideas from outside our group. We need a more generous attitude towards those not in “our” group.

The blind man could see better than the religious experts because he was open to thinking in a new way.

When you have been hurt, or sinned against, do you become oppositional towards others, or can you learn from the blind man and come to the middle. Jesus said, “Be reconciled with your brother”, not “Try to be reconciled to your brother.”

Please leave a reply and tell how this applies to you.

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