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Topic: YOUTH (04/04/19)
- TITLE: I Once was Blind
By Joy Bach
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They were going to hell.
In my childâ€™s eyes, they looked just like all children. But mother had handed down her decree. How did she know? She was my authoritarian and seemed to have a direct link to God, so I never argued. How sad for them. If they knew, would they still be laughing and enjoying their life. Should I tell them? But I couldnâ€™t. I wasnâ€™t allowed to speak to them.
So, through my young eyes, I saw what I was told to see.
The same held true for my church. Sunday after Sunday the message from the pulpit was all hellfire and brimstone. Even though I knew I hadnâ€™t sinned in the ways described, it was still a questionable possibility whether I would make it to heaven.
And so, through my young eyes, my future looked grim.
Also, my physical eyes had issues I knew nothing about. With my vision, trees had no individual leaves. They looked like a childâ€™s drawing with one big green bubble. Curbs had no edges. Even the preacher on the platform had no real facial features.
Again, relying on my young eyes, I just accepted my distorted vision.
Later, I was diagnosed as legally blind. A simple surgery took care of it. I discovered trees had leaves, curbs had edges and the preacher actually had a nose, mouth and eyes.
As I grew older and finally became a person who thought for myself, imagine my consternation when input from my new life did not match my early teachings. Had everyone in my childhood days really been destined for hell? But more than that, I realized that my childhood spiritual eyes had presented me with an inaccurate perception of what it meant to follow Jesus.
Are our churches today filled with people who still have young eyes? Are they legally blind to the truth of who Jesus is? Do they need help correcting their vision?
I once was blind, but now I see.
â€œâ€¦â€¦â€¦..and recovery of sight for the blindâ€¦â€¦.â€ Luke 4:18c (NIV)
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