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When seeing is not believing by Deon Crafford

John 9:39-41 Jesus said, “For judgment I came into this world, that those who do not see may see, and those who see may become blind.” Some of the Pharisees near him heard these things, and said to him, “Are we also blind?” Jesus said to them, “If you were blind, you would have no guilt; but now that you say, ‘We see,’ your guilt remains.

Evidence is either irrefutable proof of a fact or truth, or it remains a mere opinion. What determines where it ends up, is vision. This vision is either going to be unfettered by distractions and disruptions or it is is going to be constrained by too much ideology, propaganda and other pretenders to the truth. We see that all around us in the world today. Whilst the evidence of failed states, failed economies, failed societies, failed relationships and failed lives abound, the ideologically or individualistically blind will not see. Instead the headlong rush into eventual destruction and disaster continues. Jesus too found himself surrounded by the blind, especially evident in their reaction to His healing of the blind man. Despite the evidence, their self-righteous ideology kept them from seeing.

We were all like that, in fact we are often still like that even after we were made to see through the Life of Jesus Christ. We all had an ideological predisposition about God, which effectively blinded us to who He was, until the Holy Spirit touched our eyes and we saw and experienced Jesus. The evidence had always been there, it is just that we did not see it. We kept coming to church to have our ideologies fed and strengthened, yet Christ we did not find. We kept coming as the blind and leaving as the blind, even today, because we’re not availing ourselves to the healing of Christ.

What are these blinding ideologies that keep restraining us from free vision? First it is our preoccupation with self. All things that do not first feed the promotion and satisfaction of self, are rejected. Second it is our fascination with the ways of the world, regardless of its temporary and fickle nature. We still pursue it with a driven hunger like it will be the only thing that sustains us and whatever points away from it, is devalued as contextually unsound. Third is our Phariseeic obsession with religiosity and the rules of living. We’re so bent on laying down templates or standards for ourselves and others, that we believe may convince God of our goodness, that we completely miss the freedom of living, loving, growing and leading, so perfectly availed to us through Christ our Lord. If only we’d be able to constantly realise that through us too the “blind” could see, perhaps we will manage our own vision better and stop bumping into rubbish.

Love to all