Imagine that you are blindfolded while attempting to get from point a to point b. All you see is darkness while you hear the sound of movement around you. You find it difficult to navigate to your destination as your eyes are impaired by the blindfold. It becomes a struggle just to find your way as you stagger from one place to the next. Then you realize just how dangerous it is to venture out into the world while blindfolded. So, you decide to take the blindfold off, and you realize that your vision is no longer impaired. Now, you have the eyesight to see where you are and where you are going. You are no longer stopped by the blindfold nor are you staggering, but you have a clear direction.
Spiritual blindness is akin to wearing a blindfold – it is the unawareness and impairment that is caused by the very sin that exists within our lives. The timeless hymn “Amazing Grace” contains the following words which have become a staple in the lives of many Christians:
“Amazing grace! How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found;
Was blind, but now I see.”
This age-old hymn was written by a clergyman by the name of John Newton. It was first published in 1779 and has become a song that epitomizes the very essence of salvation and coming to the knowledge of God’s love. The words to take note of are “Was blind, but now I see.” The writer of the hymn wanted to put an emphasis on the notion that once those who were in sin experienced salvation, it became the same as one’s eyes being opened from blindness.
In 2 Corinthians 4:4, Paul further points to the element of spiritual blindness when he says the following:
(NIV) “The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.”
Who is the “god of this age”? Ephesians 2:2 refers to as some translations have put it, “the prince of the air.” The prince of the air is satan – he is the ruler of darkness which means that he has a certain amount of influence in the Earth. The Apostle Paul mentions in this passage that satan or the “god of this age” has the ability to blind those who are unbelievers. In, 2 Corinthians 4, Paul is speaking to Christians and giving words of encouragement.
In doing so, Paul gives a contrast of those who are spiritually blinded by satan, and the light that can be seen which is the gospel of Jesus Christ. When it comes to spiritual blindness, there is an unawareness and even a deception that comes at the hand of satan. There are many examples that we can see today, in which various forms of deception have been used to blind the masses.
For example, the media continues its daily onslaught of accepting sinful behavior and projecting that acceptance onto its viewers and listeners. Now, homosexuality, drug use, sexual promiscuity, and even transgender living has become culturally acceptable. Anyone who dares to speak out against such behavior is labeled as a religious heretic. However, the truth of God’s word remains which states that the wages of sin is death according to Romans 6:23. However, the other half of that scripture says that the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus.
The unfortunate part about spiritual blindness is that when one is in their sin, they are unable to see the damage that their disobedience and sinfulness causes. Daily, satan uses multiple means to fleece the majority through social media, television and radio broadcasts, and even print media. As a result, there is a generation of individuals that are raised not to have a reverence for the things of God or Holy living. However, what God promises is to illuminate the eyes of the spiritually blinded through Jesus Christ only if the choice is made to repent and surrender one’s life.
Satan doesn’t want those in darkness to come to the exposure of God’s marvelous light. He understands that if we as humans ever become free from sin, then we are no longer bound to the power that sin exerts against us. Essentially, those who are spiritually blind, they are separated from knowing who God is through Jesus Christ. We are not able to know the creator in His fullness if we are blinded by our sin. 1 Corinthians 2:14 says that the person without the Spirit of God, cannot understand the things of the Spirit. Basically, those who are in their sin and refuse to yield to Jesus Christ, they are unable to receive spiritual sight.
However, once you and I have been washed by the blood of Jesus Christ and have accepted His sacrifice, we become new creatures. Our spiritual eyes are then made to be clear with vision. Millions of people are walking in spiritual blindness every day. There continues to be an assault on Holy living, the principles and standards of God, and anyone who stands true to the allegiance of Jesus Christ.
The times that we are living in are indeed critical. It is becoming increasingly difficult to live in a society that promotes a godless lifestyle while those who are in Christ stand for God’s righteousness unashamedly. The truth is, as decades pass it will only become more challenging. However, the hope that humanity has is in Jesus Christ. The great thing about God is that He gives everyone an opportunity to be released from their spiritual blindness.
Just as a person who is blindfolded has an opportunity to be released from the blindfold, every human being that is willing can also see clearly. It is spiritual blindness and sinful living that keeps humanity locked in a state of unawareness and confusion. So much damage is caused against those who are blind and those who are being led by the blind. Every day, governments are lying and deceiving their citizenry because the politicians themselves are spiritually blind. Many who are unaware follow their words and accept the laws that are put into place.
More and more, we are being prodded to give up the very principles that God has instituted for the sake of humanity and for His glory. Yet, there must be a generation that will rise and proclaim that Jesus cures spiritual blindness and that He is the answer. If you haven’t accepted Christ as your savior, you have an opportunity to be set free from your blindness. Then and only then will you be aware of satan your enemy, and you will be able to lead others to Christ. Receive your spiritual sight by accepting Christ and you will see how God will lead you.