“The Pharisees claimed sight, proving only – like Nicodemus before them – that they were blind. Do we not hear the echoes of that claim in the halls of the church, and also on the streets where with self-satisfied benedictions we regard the poor and the unfortunate?” (Steagald, 91-92).
Scripture: John 9:39-41 (CEV)
“Jesus told [the man he had healed of blindness], ‘I came to judge the people of this world. I am here to give sight to the blind and to make blind everyone who can see.’
When the Pharisees heard Jesus say this, they asked, ‘Are we blind?’
Jesus answered, ‘If you were blind, you would not be guilty. But now that you claim to see, you will keep on being guilty.’”
It was only recently when I encountered a young man loitering around outside of a local store. As I got out of my car, I noticed that he approached some other people who were walking into the store and asked for money for a bus pass. They did not give any, and I found myself trying to scurry inside the store before he approached me as well. I recognized in my own thinking and response to the man that on the one hand, I simply did not want to be bothered. But on the other hand, if I'm honest, I was being judgmental. People like that have to have done something wrong, or else they are trying to scam people and make a living of begging for money.
The truth that I was reminded of by my own conscience is that I didn’t know this man's story, and that I had failed to see him as a person. I did not have any cash on me, but I did go back to the car and scrounge up some change. By the time I returned, he had already moved on.
How many times do I miss the opportunity to see someone and let them know that they have been seen? How many times do I end up being more like a Pharisee then a follower of Christ?