Defective Understanding

July 17, 2013

Defective Understanding

          It’s unfortunate that so many people are blind to their errors.  Often it’s because they are too proud to admit that they could be wrong.  The prophet Obadiah said, “The pride of thine heart hath deceived thee” (Obadiah 1:3).  Ephesians 4:18 says, “Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart.”

Proud people are often nearly 100% convinced that they are right.  Even if everyone else disagrees with them, they can’t believe   they could be wrong.  It’s as if they say, “Don’t confuse me with the facts.  I have already made up my mind about what I believe.” They are living examples of what the prophet Obadiah said.

This defective understanding and willful blindness causes great hardship for our society.  It is damaging when our political leaders are blind to their errors.  Many have embraced a false ideology and insist on foisting it on everyone else, whether they want it or not.  They make decisions for us and we have to accept them and pay the consequences.  It isn’t always the fault of politicians.  Sometimes the people they govern are defective in their understanding and ask for things that aren’t for the good of their country.  Many are ignorant of what happens when ethical standards are lowered.  The result is that we live in a world more and more  full of corruption and immorality.

Samuel Adams was one of our great American statesmen and a man often quoted.  Here is a statement he made.  “A general dissolution of principles and manners will more surely overthrow the liberties of America than the whole force of the common enemy.  While the people are virtuous they cannot be subdued, but when once they lose their virtue they will be ready to surrender their liberties to the first external or internal invader…  If virtue and knowledge are diffused among the people, they will never be enslaved.  This will be their great security.” Quoted from “Taking America Back” by Joseph Farah pp 30-31.

            Unfortunately many people are like those Jesus spoke of in Matthew 15:14.  “Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.” We need to reeducate America.  Many don’t know how to think.  They just accept what they are told without question.

All of us are in danger of having our understanding darkened as it says in Ephesians 4:18.  We are surrounded by people with defective understanding.  If we hear something a number of times we are prone to accept it.  That’s why the Apostle Paul tells us that we are in constant need of having our minds renewed.  “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” We do that by reading the Bible to know what is the truth.  “Thy Word is truth” (John 17:17).

Yes, Christians can also be deceived and in error.  To avoid that, we need to humble ourselves and be submissive to God’s will.  “Shew me thy ways, O LORD; teach me thy paths.

Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day” (Psalm 25:4-5).

 

 

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