So Blind They Will Not See
“Hear now this, O foolish people, and without understanding; which have eyes, and see not; which have ears, and hear not” – Jeremiah 5:21 (KJV)
While watching the John Wayne western classic “Rooster Cogburn” (1975) on television recently one line caught my attention. Shortly after the movie began Eula Goodnight (Katharine Hepburn) said to Marshal Rooster Cogburn (John Wayne), “Marshal Cogburn we are here together and we’re obligated to be on good terms with each other”.
I began thinking about something our pastor said during his Sunday teaching, “There are none so blind as those who will not see” (John Heywood – 1546). He was referring both to Jeremiah 5:21 and what John Heywood said. So I decided to Google it.
There are none so blind as those who will not see:
According to the ‘Random House Dictionary of Popular Proverbs and Sayings’ this proverb has been traced back to 1546 (John Heywood), and resembles the Biblical verse Jeremiah 5:21 (‘Hear now this, O foolish people, and without understanding; which have eyes, and see not; which have ears, and hear not’). In 1738 it was used by Jonathan Swift in his ‘Polite Conversation’ and is first attested in the United States in the 1713 ‘Works of Thomas Chalkley’. The full saying is: ‘There are none so blind as those who will not see. The most deluded people are those who choose to ignore what they already know’. http://www.actualfreedom.com.au/richard/abditorium/nonesoblind.htm
This saying true in religion, politics and life in general as there are some things that are right before our eyes. It’s like we are wearing spiritual blinders or have scales over our eyes. We used to have a saying for things we didn’t quite understand “were clear as mud”, if that helps.
Our political climate in 2019 has been hammered at us for the past 50+ years with Roe vs Wade; Political Correctness; Removing God from family life, schools and from government.
We are told that male and female are not the only genders (you can choose your gender). Parents are told they cannot even change a baby’s diaper without the baby’s permission and stop identifying them as boys or girls and children should make their own decisions about their sexuality. Perverted adult behavior is to be tolerated as normal when it is clearly not.
We are lead to believe that murdering children through abortion is somehow a woman’s choice about her own body and aborting a child AFTER birth is accepted? It’s OK to take vital organs and body parts from an aborted child and sell them for medical research instead of using medical research to maintain and prolong the life of the child. If that doesn’t make you angry there is a good chance that you are wearing those spiritual blinders.
The ridiculousness doesn’t stop there either. There are people who use their own racism to declare that others are racist. They use the term as a catch all for those who don’t agree with their warped point of view. To them everything and everyone is race bait material. What is normal has been determined abnormal. Abnormal behavior is considered normal? Patriotism is somehow racist behavior, while Communism and Socialism are what a small group of people are striving to have accepted as normal.
Colleges are declaring the words “Americans” and “America” prohibited on campus, why because they offend or exclude some individuals. It is seen as offensive to raise the American Flag or stand during the National Anthem, in fact don’t play the anthem at all and keep the flag off campus too.
What about immigration? Is it not the sovereign right of a nation to define and protect its national borders? Are nations now forbidden to prevent entry of anyone for any reason? Why then lock your doors? Must a homeowner stand idly by without protecting his family or property while a prowler ransacks the house and do nothing?
Can a business be forced to serve those who seek to destroy that business? Should a bank simply give money to anyone who demands it, whether or not they have an account or a sufficient balance? If you are OK with what is happening in America today there is something drastically wrong with your thinking.
On the political scale are you fine with a politician who promises to do you harm to appease others and it is alright for you to work hard so that others who choose not to work can profit from your hard work? The bible says that a man who doesn’t work shouldn’t eat. Man was created to work the land.
There is one who is fighting for America, under a mandate from God to stop evil from progressing under the guise of political correctness. His example is one of love for God, his family and for his Country. He stands firm against what others declare is normal, to insure that God is brought back into homes, schools and government. There is a meme or photo circulating on Facebook with President Donald J. Trump saying “They’re after you. I’m just in the way.”
Let me remind you of what the bible says in Exodus 20:2-17 (Ten Commandments):
- You shall have no other gods before Me.
- You shall not make idols.
- You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain.
- Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
- Honor your father and your mother.
- You shall not murder.
- You shall not commit adultery.
- You shall not steal.
- You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
- You shall not covet.
Those commandments are the foundation of the Constitution of the United States and embodied in the Bill of Rights (Amendments 1 – 10):
Amendment 1 – Freedom of Religion, Speech, and the Press
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, or abridging the freedom of speech or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
Amendment 2 – The Right to Bear Arms
A well-regulated Militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed.
Amendment 3 – The Housing of Soldiers
No soldier shall, in time of peace, be quartered in any house without the consent of the owner, nor in time of war but in a manner to be prescribed by law.
Amendment 4 – Protection from Unreasonable Searches and Seizures
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects against unreasonable searches and seizures shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched and the persons or things to be seized.
Amendment 5 – Protection of Rights to Life, Liberty, and Property
No person shall be held to answer for a capital or otherwise infamous crime unless on a presentment or indictment of a grand jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the militia, when in actual service in time of war or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use without just compensation.
Amendment 6 – Rights of Accused Persons in Criminal Cases
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial by an impartial jury of the state and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor; and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense.
Amendment 7 – Rights in Civil Cases
In suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury shall be otherwise reexamined in any court of the United States than according to the rules of the common law.
Amendment 8 – Excessive Bail, Fines, and Punishments Forbidden
Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.
Amendment 9 – Other Rights Kept by the People
The enumeration in the Constitution of certain rights shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.
Amendment 10 – Undelegated Powers Kept by the States and the People
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.
I find it is no coincidence that we have 10 Commandments from God and the first 10 Amendments to the Constitution as guiding principles for our conduct and that of our government having lasted for 243 years. Many people are confused as to whether our nation is a Democracy or a Republic and it is neither. The United States of America is a Constitutional-Republic. Based on biblical principles and guided by the Constitution as the Rule of Law.
A constitutional republic is a form of government in which a representative is elected by the people to govern over them, according to the rules established in the law of the land. An example of a constitutional republic is the United States’ form of government. U.S. citizens elect a President, and other representatives, who then govern them as the Constitution directs them to. To explore this concept, consider the following constitutional republic definition.
Every American citizen must arm themselves with knowledge of the heritage of the United States. How was it formed and why? What were the obstacles faced by these early Americans? How did they persevere and overcome those obstacles?
There was a time when this was taught beginning in elementary school by teachers without any ulterior motives or political spinning. By the time a child entered high school there were classes that encouraged critical thinking and debating skills were honed to a fine point. When a student graduated high school they were armed with the tools to successfully meet the challenges of the day and in the world they could become major players and decision makers. Colleges were finishing schools where doctors and lawyers received detailed schooling on medicine or the rule of law. Trade schools were where technical skills were taught, learned and developed. Everything else was learned by on-the-job training and through military service.
Much of that is lost today as the protestors of yesteryear (1960s-70s) have become college and university deans and tenured professors. Everything has become political and brainwashing has become almost undetectable and considered the norm.
One is considered a free thinker when they accept everything at face value and simply go with the flow. Never questioning or challenging what they hear or read. Their personal opinions are shaped by main stream and social media to the point that political correctness rules!
The Commandments of God are the standard for life and they never change. Regardless of whether you choose to obey them or choose disobedience to them – the choice is yours. Obedience without compromise is what God requires from each of us.
I refer back to what Eula Goodnight (Katharine Hepburn) said to Marshal Rooster Cogburn (John Wayne), “Marshal Cogburn we are here together and we’re obligated to be on good terms with each other”.
We are all created equal in the sight of our Creator God. We come into the world and depart the world with nothing. All the knowledge, power and “toys” we accumulate in this life are here today and will be gone tomorrow. There are no U-Haul’s in the great beyond or what is called the afterlife. As light casts no shadow, there will be only light or darkness for eternity. What you do with your life that God has given you will determine how you spend your eternity – With God or Without God? In darkness there is no light! God is the light! – I am the Real Truckmaster!