They came to Bethsaida, and some people brought a blind man and begged Jesus to touch him. He took the blind man by the hand and led him outside the village. When he had spit on the man’s eyes and put his hands on him, Jesus asked, “Do you see anything?”
He looked up and said, “I see people; they look like trees walking around.”
Once more Jesus put his hands on the man’s eyes. Then his eyes were opened, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly. Jesus sent him home, saying, “Don’t even go into the village.”
- Mark 8:22-26
A year ago, I started 2020 with a post about “How Is Your Vision?” You know, playing on the concept of the year being 2020 (20:20 vision?). I wrote in a Christmas letter to some friends last month that we had been 2020ed. Funny, no not funny… Odd how twelve months can change one’s perspective.
I posted 499 posts over the course of the year 2020, the number of views ranging from over 3,000 for one post to 6 for another and many numbers in between, and I added one new page as a quick reference to three series of posts. Thus 500 new things to read, but getting back to the vision idea, it seems we started off thinking that we had good eyesight and now we are like the blindman of Bethsaida. We see people, but they appear to be trees walking around. And I cannot blame it on cataracts. Mine have been removed – a couple of years ago.
No. If you limit your view to one topic, becoming horribly myopic, you can think you see clearly – and social media will gladly set things up for you to only see your viewpoint and denigrate all other ways of thinking. Take one of my favorite topics (to bash), Climate Change. I see advertisements nearly daily about how one television channel will continue to report wildfire stories. Then as they show videos of fires, they break in with a governor stating that they are not wildfires, they are planet fires. Yes, a butterfly sneezes in a Brazilian rain forest, and the climate change alarmists will blame it on climate change. Even if they were right, and they are probably wrong, I am sick of it. The planet is getting hot. Granted!! We think we can fix that. We are wrong!!!! In a way, it is God’s natural judgment against our greed. And greed overpowers “green” any day of the week.
Of course, some cities are on fire for a totally different reason. We are seeing color more today than we were when Martin Luther King Jr. talked about a dream of his when one day, we will judge people on their character instead of their skin color. Yet, we see color more today than just a few months ago, and we are afraid. And when you are afraid, you do not make clear, rational decisions.
And now with the all-inclusion concept, it has expanded far beyond a color thing. A day will soon come, and is here in many places of the world, when you will be charged for child abuse by announcing your baby’s birth in the old-fashioned way. “We have a beautiful bouncing baby boy!” No, you must wait until “IT” is 18 years old and then “IT” can decide which of the hundreds of genders, by then I am sure in the millions, that “IT” really is. I know, you are supposed to use “THEY”, but “they is” gets underlined as being improper grammar. I am sure MS Word will have that “fixed” with their next patch.
No, I think we saw things a lot more clearly in 2019, back before we got 2020ed. In fact, I am seeing why some people stay in their old hometowns all their life, pretending that nothing has changed since they graduated high school. Again, another means of being myopic, and an old song comes to mind. “How you gonna keep ‘em down on the farm, after they’ve seen Paree?” A song that is eerily a little over 100 years old.
The world has its charms, but those charms tempt us to change our values, and if this past year is any indication, lose our minds. Let us forget making New Year resolutions, unless those resolutions are to crank our spiritual and moral clocks back to a time when things made sense.
And odd, I did not even mention a global pandemic and a tampered election. Those two things are still not resolved and may forever change our way of life, worldwide – even though most think the election thing only affects the USA.
Listen, world!!! Repent. Turn back to God, or God may turn His back on us, in an Apocalyptic way.
Soli Deo Gloria. Only to God be the Glory.