Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Your Blinders

I follow The Onion on Twitter.  Often times the fake news is more compelling and certainly more entertaining than the other options available.  Recently a headline struck me as funny at first but then I thought about some more and thought it a sadly accurate statement.  It reads:

Neighbors Confront Alcoholic Child-Abuser About His Lawn

Now hopefully none of us turn a blind eye to abuse.  And hopefully none of us are bold enough to confront a man like that about a minor issue if we aren't willing to address the major ones.  But we do as individuals and a society have our own personal blinders don't we?  We willingly complain about certain issues when deeper, more important ones are ignored.  We willingly point out the faults in our friends and family all the while ignoring our own.  Perhaps this truth is what inspired God's word to instruct:

Matthew 7:5
5 You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

Where do you tend to turn a blind eye?  Do you see suffering and refuse to render aid?  Do you see abuse and pretend its not there?  Do you pass by the beaten man on the road or like the Samaritan stop and help?  Do you correct yourself before correcting others?  Do you confront the minor issues instead of the major ones?  What part do you play in this?  Where can you make some changes?

Let's identify our blinders and take them off, shall we?