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Turning a Blind Eye

turn a blind eye (to someone or something)
fig. to ignore something and pretend you do not see it.

The Lord gave me a dream last night where I found myself and others in a compromised situation at work because someone else hadn’t done her job, and the rest of us compensated by doing the extra work to cover up her poor workmanship, a commonality in a lot of work places, I know… I also knew the person in question and that she had a problem with drinking and drugging, but no one in the office was dealing with it, choosing instead to shrug it off, and “turn a blind eye.”  So I conceded by not addressing the situation either, in order to “keep the peace.”

Then I found myself undergoing a physical procedure that I was told would temporarily blind my right eye, but that it necessary because my right eye “had been giving me trouble,” when in all actuality, it had not been giving me any trouble at all…  I was also told that the procedure wouldn’t take my sight away because I would still be able to see out of the “other part of my eye.”

I was told several lies that convinced me to have this procedure done, and because I’d been used to conceding to others’ opinions even when I thought they were wrong, I accepted these lies as truth, and I even accepted the lie that I had been having trouble with my eye, even when I should have known better if I had just thought about it, I knew I hadn’t been having trouble.

There was nothing wrong with my eye… I could see perfectly well before the procedure. It was the procedure itself that blinded my eye – a procedure I was told was harmless but in fact, caused the very thing it was supposed to prevent (blindness in my eye…)

I was then driving with my hand over my eye, still thinking I would be able to see when I removed my hand (duh); but when I took my hand away, I still could not see, and my sight was impaired in my left eye as well.

Then I woke up, and I started praying about what God wanted to show me.  Often He shows me things in the natural to demonstrate things we do that affect us spiritually or emotionally, and He showed me this dream is about “turning a blind eye” – how it happens, and what He wants me to do about it…

God showed me that in my life (and maybe yours), I can look back and see hundreds of times when I have seen something and tried to explain it to someone who didn’t want to hear it (for whatever reason), and then because I saw resistance to what I was sharing, I would “concede the point” and let it go… but doing so has resulted in serious consequences, not just in my life, but countless others…

The Bible says we are to speak the truth in love, (after all, it’s the truth that sets us free), and I believe every time God shows us something and we neglect to act on it, our disobedience results in ungodly compromises and we give place to the enemy of our souls… and over time, this affects our mindsets, strongholds, belief systems, and carries over into the corruption and defilement in our society…

It really is true that evil prevails when good people do nothing… the silent majority really does need to stand up for what’s right…

When I was growing up people always said “we don’t talk about sex, religion or politics” and guess where that’s gotten us?!  We have more corruption and defilement and destroyed lives in this country than ever before…

Our silence has also gotten us more health problems than ever before… when will it stop? I believe it will stop when we’ve had enough and we’re finally willing to pay the price of ridicule because the pain of staying the same has finally reached the point of being so much greater than the pain of change.

When we are finally willing to speak the truth in love and never stop… the truth is what sets people free, not ungodly compromise.

It seems as if many of us are afraid of the truth… in fact, I’ve heard a lot of people say they are afraid of what people might think of them once they really know them…

But could it also be that we are afraid of being rejected by the ones who can’t accept what we say?  In looking back, I see that I’ve struggled with this a lot in my life… and I think it’s why so many of us isolate ourselves from others, because we don’t want to risk being rejected or judged harshly by other people… it’s certainly why I’ve had such a struggle most of my life expressing what I think and how I feel about things…

When I look back on my life, at the things that have caused broken relationships, it seems there was always an issue that came up where I expressed my convictions about something and felt I wasn’t well received, which caused me to then back down to save face or keep the peace, but then a wall was put up and some distance that has remained to this day…

And I wonder is this how the other person sees it also?  Or is their experience different than mine? Do they pull away also, or only me?  Am I the only one who has a problem with the “disagreement,” wishing it hadn’t happened?

And then I wondered are these what some call “irreconcilable differences,” and won’t you always have those in relationships because we’re all different, and aren’t we supposed to really love each other anyway?

People talk about “agreeing to disagree” but I see it as a tactic of the enemy to drive wedges in relationships, to keep us at odds with one another so we can’t really love one another the way Christ loved the church, in laying our life down for our brother, in real covenant with God and man… and I believe it’s why we’re so separate from one another, isolating ourselves from anybody who has even the potential of causing us pain…

On the other hand, we are also very dissatisfied with it, in spite of the fact that we haven’t a clue what to do about it… you can close your heart to hurt if you want, but in doing so, you also close your heart to love and everything good in the world.

Does it really matter? Way more than we realize!

I have seen how every ungodly compromise puts another layer of gauze over our eyes, another piece of cotton in our ears, another layer of dullness in our conscience, until before long, we are so blind we can no longer see, so dull of hearing we can no longer hear that still small voice, and our conscience so seared we no longer know right from wrong…

But it’s never too late to do the right thing!

All creation groans and waits for the revealing of mature sons and daughters (Rom 8:19)… and all creation continually speaks of the glory of God, in a way we can all understand… so we are all without excuse… but the answer is simple and we all have what it takes…

What’s the answer?

The first thing I did this morning after I woke up from my dream was repent… when I have an encounter like this with God it’s the only thing I can do… He requires nothing less… but in doing so, He sets me free so I can turn from my ways and learn His ways…

I repented for every time I’ve seen the truth but backed down and turned a blind eye instead of speaking the truth in love and praying…

for turning a blind eye to the young woman I once knew who slept with every guy she could get into bed with,

for turning a blind eye to the guys who talked me into smoking pot and/or sleeping with them,

for turning a blind eye to the ones who talked me into having an abortion,

for turning a blind eye to all the corruption in our government, to the human trafficking, sexual immorality, pornography, prostitution, child labor, abuse in families, abortion, legalizing marijuana, corrupt teaching in our schools about homosexuality, eliminating prayer in our schools, our unsafe neighborhoods, corruption in our legal system…

When will it all stop? When we’ve finally had enough and are willing to do whatever it takes to stop it.

Our job is to uphold the truth, even fight for it if we need to… it’s the only way we can get our freedom back because every area of bondage is tied to a lie…

Legalized marijuana is tied to the lie that it’s okay, and in fact, is good for you, when the truth is, it’s NOT okay and in fact, is very harmful for many, many reasons… I worked for drug and alcohol abuse counselors where I saw first-hand the harm it does to people.

Human trafficking is tied to the lie that it’s so rampant we can’t stop it, when the truth is it’s never too late and there are many, many organizations who are fighting around the clock to stop this heinous crime…

Addictions are tied to a lie that you can’t stop… yes, you can overcome, and Jesus can heal your soul… it’s never too late to do the right thing.

Homosexuality is tied to the lie that in order to accept the sinner we have to also accept their sin – but the truth is, it IS wrong, and it’s up to whose of us who know it’s wrong to stand against it.

There are many lies tied to the food industry in this country, as well, but I’m here to tell you that a diet rich in organic fruit and vegetables, grass-fed beef, range-free chickens and eggs, raw milk, butter made from the cream in raw milk, bread made from sprouted wheat, etc. is God’s medicine for your body and absolutely has the ability to prevent and cure most, if not all the health issues that are plaguing our society today.

I stand in the gap and repent for all the maladies of our society that have overtaken us while we have chosen to do nothing and turn a blind eye…

And I determine, by God’s grace, to never do it again…

But instead, to always speak the truth in love, every chance I get…

to our kids, and to everyone who would perpetrate lies to them, especially in their classrooms… to speak the truth to them about religion, sex and politics, and most importantly, God…

to speak the truth about our government, our media, our music…

Evil prevails when we do nothing, and the devil is counting on the fact that we will continue to be so self-indulgent that we continue to turn a blind eye or a deaf ear to all the corruption around us… because if we do, we will continue to be spiritually blind and deaf, unable to truly walk in the wisdom and authority Jesus placed on all of us who know and love Him… and in so doing, we are no threat to the devil and he can continue to methodically destroy us and the world we live in, simply because we choose to do nothing about it, and turn a blind eye and deaf ear to it all.

Does that bother you? I hope so, because it bothers me so much I can’t sleep… and I cannot rest until I learn to overcome this insidious weakness of mine and learn instead to stand strong in the Lord and be a voice in the wilderness…

a voice for those who have no voice…

a voice of reason in a sea of chaos…

a voice for freedom…

a voice for God’s saving grace in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation… in the midst of a people who have lost their will to live because somewhere along the way they’ve allowed themselves to become convinced that that’s just the way it is and there’s nothing you can do about it…

Well I’m here to tell you it may be the way it is, but there is a LOT we can do about it… as long as there’s a God in heaven, there will ALWAYS be something we can do about it…

In fact, God is waiting for us to do something about it… to stand up in the fullness of Christ… stand up and be counted as someone who says “I, for one, am sick enough of the status quo that I’m finally willing to do something about it…”

From now on, when I hear someone say something that prophesies doom and gloom over my life or my country, instead of saying “yeah, you’re right,” I’m gonna say, “You know, I don’t receive that… I know that Jesus is still on the throne, that He turns the hearts of kings as He does the waterways… He’s still on the throne and I’m putting my trust in Him because I KNOW He loves me and He’s for me, and He’s faithful to provide everything I need in this life until the moment He takes me home to be with Him in paradise forever…”

God says we have the power of life or death in the words we speak… He says “I have set before you life and death” – and then He says “Choose life in order that you may live, you and your descendants.”  Deut. 30:19

I believe that just as every act of disobedience leads to ungodly compromise and dullness of hearing, every act of obedience leads to life and godliness and greater intimacy with the Father heart of God.

Is it really as simple as that? You decide.

The Bible says “Choose this day whom you will serve.” Josh 24:15

Come on America… let’s rise up and be all Jesus created us to be… and do all He created us to do.

“Draw near to Him and He will draw near to you” James 4:8… after all, He has already given us all things that pertain to life and godliness. (2 Peter 1:3).

Selah.

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