Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Quote of the Day: “Living is Easy with Eyes Closed.” ― John Lennon
There are none so blind as those who will not see. It is not an accident that great writers from the Greeks to Shakespeare have put blind people in their plays and books and given them the ability to see things that those sighted people should see but don't. We didn't see 9/11 coming, but many did. We didn't see the financial collapse coming but it was there to see. It is all too easy to look the other way, to ignore things that would require us to act. Jesus knew this. In the Gospel of Mark, it is the blind beggar that recognizes Jesus while the rich young ruler could not see His glory because the rich man was blinded by his possessions. Look at any of the major disasters and wars and you will always find people who saw what was coming and told others, but no one would believe them. If a hurricane wipes out whole cities, you would think that no one would build there again, but they do, almost immediately. As adults, we are still like babies playing peek-a-boo, if we don't see the children dying of malaria then it must not be happening. If we don't see the millions of children going to bed hungry in the U.S., then they must be well fed and happy. The tragedy is that there are people starving, people dying of malaria, millions underfed, and we do nothing. Almost all of the human tragedies confronting us can be lessened or eliminated, but we have to act. In the 25th chapter of Matthew, Jesus very plainly tells everyone who He will welcome into His Kingdom. It is the ones who fed the hungry, clothed the naked, tended the sick, and visited the prisoners. Attending prayer breakfasts is meaningless if you step over the hungry and homeless to get there. You don't have to do everything Jesus mentions in Matthew, but you must do at least one--even if you only help others who are doing the actual work. Jesus said that the one you help may be Christ in human form. If you love Him, this is not optional, but foundational.