Archive for September, 2006

The Blind Beating the Blind

Posted: 3 September, 2006 in Theology

As you can tell from the heading, this is a pretty weird post and the title doesnt do it justice but it will surfice anyway.
I was listening to a sermon by John Piper on the life of Newton – the guy who wrote the hymn “Amazing Grace” and a whole myriad of others.
During the sermon Piper made a comical, but applicable illustration!
He was speaking about the patience us Christians need to have with non Christians, or with Christians who havent seen the truths we have been privileged to see.

Remember the story of Blind Bartimaeus in Mark 10:46 who came to Jesus and was given sight?
Do you think it would have been fair of him to go around beating up the other blind people who kept walking into things simply because they could not picture the sights he described to them?
In the same way, we as Christians must be patient and persevere with unsaved people and not be surprised when a “good” person does something you would consider wrong… they cannot see as we can see – our sight does not originate in us, it is a gift, and we can’t be impatient with others who cannot see as we can see, but instead help them to find the Person who can open their eyes!