I am sure you have heard the phrase “there are none so blind as those who will not see” which is rooted in Jeremiah 5:21 “Hear this O foolish and senseless people, who have eyes but do not see…” I assume we all have had a situation when we wanted to convince someone of our point of view which, of course is always absolutely correct, right? We may think the other person we are unable to convince to our own way of thinking just cannot see the truth right in front of their own eyes. This tendency to feel sure we are right and the other person is blind has never been more pronounced than during this past election cycle. All elections are contentious but this one was awash in vehement views and ideology, on both sides. As a result, each side thinks they are the “good guys” and the other side the “bad guys.”
We may sometimes think this is novel to our times but that’s just not so. “In the ancient world, it was customary to assume that every effect had a cause, and that this cause must be somebody's fault. Blindness (wasn’t) simply unfortunate; it (was considered) a punishment for someone's transgression.” Today’s passage from the Gospel of John is a graphic illustration about how much our myopia keeps us from seeing the big picture. We actually want to be right and to point out the wrong in others, more passionately than we want to see the truth. It sometimes seems we have a proclivity to blame one another even above the clarity of seeing.