Blind People Helping Blind Guides of the Blind Isn’t Help

Jesus warns us to have a single eye that is seeing clearly so that we might be filled with light. We are to get rid of the evil, diseased, and bad eye that fills us with darkness.

Sounds easy enough, but how do you know what kind of eye you have?

This is a trickier question than it may appear to be. If you can’t see, how do you know what it is you’re not seeing?! After Jesus gives this warning about our eyes, He says,

“Take heed therefore that the light which is in thee be not darkness.”

We are incredibly skilled at justifying ourselves, at fooling ourselves that we’re doing fine. Jesus warns that you might have what you think is light, but in fact it’s darkness.

There are many people who are absolutely convinced they have their stuff in order, that they have truth. When you point out their error, they think you are crazy.

They have sources they will tell you to look up to prove their case. They have testimonies and witnesses to the awesomeness of their view. They have a group of others who believe what they do, certainly all those people can’t be wrong!

Jesus talks about such groups of people. He describes them as the blind leading the blind. Interestingly, Jesus says “Let them alone, they be blind leaders of the blind.”

Let them alone! Are you kidding me? Shouldn’t we intervene? Shouldn’t we warn them about the ditch? Maybe even forcefully grab them and pull them away from danger?

Let them alone. Fascinating.

One of the most sobering truths of the Bible is that in all your assurance, all your feelings of being right, all your awesome glory of being so smart: you might be completely wrong.


He says, “Take heed,” which means to spy out, examine, study, contemplate what you believe and where you are headed. The word has to do with taking aim. Paul would say, “Examine yourself to see if you’re in the faith.”

It’s so easy to be concerned about all the blind people out there being led by blind people, that we never stop to consider if we can actually see!

Jesus is warning us to find the truth, do the hard work, and the intellectual honesty, to consider you might be all wrong. It’s the first step to learning.

“Take heed therefore that the light which is in thee be not darkness.”

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