What to do about people who see very little at all? Jesus had some things to say about ‘seeing.’ He said He was the light of the world. He said those who walk in Him would never walk in darkness but have the light of life. What is the light of life? It is the light of God, the light that is the trinity and the light that shines in every person who comes into the world – if they will allow it.
LIGHT AND LIFE
Life and light go together. They have one and the same source; Father, son and Holy Spirit. The trinity is not only the hub of the universe. It is the sun of the universe. As a result those who are pure in heart, who have an undivided loyalty to Jesus, will see God as God is and ourselves as we are. They will not walk in darkness but have the light of life.
Some folks have a a minus-quantity of spiritual discernment. The discernment of water melon we might say. No offence to water melons. ‘As the Scriptures say, "God has put them into a deep sleep. To this day he has shut their eyes so they do not see, and closed their ears so they do not hear’ Rom 11.8 NLT. This blindness comes from separation from God in the law.
Christians can walk, if not in darkness, in confusion in a fog of their own ideas and accumulated myths, constantly erecting fictions like scaffolding to prop up their derelict and mainly insupportable beliefs. Richard Rohr observes,
“I believe in justice, truth, follow-through, honesty, personal and financial responsibility, faithful love, and humility — all deeply traditional values. Yet, in my view, you need to be imaginative, radical, dialogical, and even countercultural to live these values at any depth. Whether in church life or politics, neither conservatives nor liberals are doing this very well today. Both are too dualistic — they do not think or see like the mystics.” (1) They do not penetrate beyond superficialities.
LAYERS OF STUFF
All legalism is a product of living in the knowledge of good and evil. Political correctness is secular legalism and old covenant religion is legalism. Legalism separates us from the direct union that is ours in God.
A curiosity thing about the double-minded is that they can to claim have an embracing theology while living from a separationist reality. There’s nothing consistent about ‘vision’ in the knowledge of good and evil. It’s confused.
ADAM’S DEAD EYES
Whether we realise it or not – if we are connected to the law or some scheme of behaviours as a means of accumulating merit - we participate in Adam’s realm. We are marinated in the law of sin and death because we have not entered the union with God that is our inheritance.
God in His Son has undone this schism between Adam and God. But if we remain in the old covenant with its rites and law WE HAVE NOT. We live in the reality we choose for ourselves. The result. We manifest death as life. We talk belonging and live in separation. We have so embraced our fictions that truth has no real meaning and we ourselves have begun to lose our substance.
OR AN ANGEL FROM HEAVEN
We can live in the new and living way or we can live in our own way, our own perspective with our own gospel and our own christ. The adoption of false Christ’s is more subtle and subversive than most are aware. It can come down to the idolatry of our own ideas.
“We live in a relationship with Jesus Christ. In this relationship Jesus is sharing his own communion with his Father and Spirit with us. But it makes no sense to our minds. It is foreign to the way we think–inconceivable. Like Saul and Ehud, we are bent on assimilating Jesus into our existing vision. But we can’t. So the presence of the Son who knows the Father cuts to the chase of our lives, commanding a vast reinterpretation of everything we thought we knew. The crisis is a conflict of vision. Either Jesus has lost his mind or we have. Life is where that argument plays out.” (2)
(1) Rohr, Richard. The Naked Now: Learning to See as the Mystics See (p. 10). The Crossroad Publishing Company. Kindle Edition.
(2) Kruger, C. Baxter. Across All Worlds: Jesus Inside Our Darkness (Kindle Locations 338-343). Perichoresis, Inc. Kindle Edition.