When the Blind Lead the Blind
Posted: Saturday, March 25
Verse of the day:
Then Jesus gave the following illustration: “Can one blind person lead another? Won’t they both fall into a ditch? (Luke 6:39 NLT)
I would guess that most of us have heard the expression ‘when the blind lead the blind, they both end up in the ditch’.
At times I’m amused by young singles asking their other single friends for marriage advice instead of asking a couple who has been married for decades. It’s the blind leading the blind. Or the guy sitting on the coach yelling his advice to the quarterback on TV, while his own greatest athletic accomplishment is raising a chip to his mouth. The blind leading the blind.
Jesus often warned about following religious leaders who were blind, and again the result is you end up in a place you don’t want to be. If we continue reading on in Luke 6 we can head additional precautions against blindness.
40 Students are not greater than their teacher. But the student who is fully trained will become like the teacher.
You and I can avoid blindness when we recognize that our wisdom will never be greater than Jesus’ and we need to be continually trained by him. Life experience and pride can often blind us to our need to press into Jesus. Yesterday’s answers won’t always work today. What worked to discipline one child may not work with another. We need to be following our teacher closely or we’ll end up in the ditch time and again.
I personally feel really convicted on this point. People often ask for my opinions on certain matters and it’s not enough for me to lean on my own insights. I need to follow the teacher so I don’t lead others astray.
41 “And why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye when you have a log in your own? 42 How can you think of saying, ‘Friend, let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye,’ when you can’t see past the log in your own eye? Hypocrite! First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye.
Another way to avoid blindness is to focus on our own sin instead of trying to find the sin or alternative motives in others. There’s a well known saying in Christian circles that we should ‘love sinners but hate the sin’. I appreciate the sentiment behind this, but I believe what Jesus taught is we should love sinners, and hate our own sin. When we do this we’ll see people and situations far more clearly.