February 11

2 Corinthians 4:3-4

“In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” vs. 4

Paul uses dualistic language here to describe those forces present in the world that contrive to keep us from recognizing the presence of Christ, either in ourselves or in the world. While we might not call those powers the “god of this world,” or even “demons,” we do know what he’s talking about. We all experience the religious, political, and economic garbage that is constantly fermenting in our lives in the course of daily living. And in this age of social media it seems to have gotten even worse. We’re constantly besieged with rumors and gossip on every hand, and bit by bit our consciousness is filled with “stuff” that neither edifies or enriches our relationships with God or our neighbor. We are blinded to the light in the lives of others and fail to allow our own lights to shine before them. Those things which bedevil us are not evil in themselves, but together they form an impenetrable barrier to the exchange of love and goodness. We become quick to judge and assess blame, and can be overcome by feelings of paranoia and resentment. Fortunately God does not abandon us to unbelief but keeps chipping away at our blinders from both inside and out–and one day we will see clearly once more!

Thought for the Day: What keeps me from seeing the light in others?

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