Thursday, April 19, 2012

Are We in 'The Country of the Blind'?

H.G. Wells (1866-1946) wrote a story called “The Country of the Blind.” A mountaineer falls from a ledge and lands in a country where everyone is blind. All they see is what they’ve made up in their own imaginations. Therefore, they also make up their own truths.
                                                            
They make everything and do everything to suit their own needs. When the mountaineer tries to tell them of things seen by eyesight, they ridicule him.

He concludes to himself they have "unformed minds," and they don’t know they've been insulting their “Heaven-sent King and master...”

The longer he is ridiculed, and even whipped, he begins a mantra: “The one-eyed Man is King in the country of the blind.” He begins to think that he can somehow become their ruler.

Then, he falls in love with one of the blind women and wants to marry her. But the town doctor tells the elders that the mountaineer’s eyes are disturbing his brain. The doctor convinces everyone that the only cure is to remove the mountaineer’s eyes. The woman loves him, but goes along with the rest of the town when they say he must become blind in order to marry her, so that their heritage is not breached.

The mountaineer at first agrees to the surgery, out of his love for the woman.

But as the surgery gets closer, he goes outside to see the beautiful world he believes God made, and decides he can’t do it. He leaves, escaping into the wilderness, content to have escaped from their valley – even though he once thought he could be King. His sight was more important to him.

This reminds me of everything going on in our politically correct society today. Modern educators are trained to tell our children “there is no absolute truth.” At the same time, in the name of “tolerance,” they remove the students’ opportunities to use critical thinking – you must accept diversity the way we want you to see diversity.

In order to maintain this PC balance, everyone gets a trophy so no one’s ego is bruised. Tolerance is redefined as Acceptance, and Disagreement is redefined as Hate. And the only ones who Hate are the ones who challenge this new system.

To justify this system, we must either pretend God doesn’t exist, or we must pretend that Jesus would allow everything because he was all about peace, love and joy.

The preacher A.W. Tozer once said, "The atheist and unbeliever are in darkness; I have some understanding for these. But the liberal is the man who puts his own eyes out" (The Tozer Pulpit, Vol.1 Book 1, Chapter 14).

Fortunately, the mountaineer awoke to the beauty of God’s creation before allowing his eyes to be put out. He valued God above all things, even above the possibility of becoming King.

Tozer also concludes that the liberal who puts out his own eyes [so he will not see] cannot destroy the Church or the witness of Jesus Christ. Where do you fit? In the Country of the Blind, or escaping with the mountaineer?

8 comments:

Jack Wellman April 19, 2012 at 1:33 PM  

Love this so much Sheryl. What a spot on article. Knowing that God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble, I truly believe that if someone really wants to know God, He may be found, but there are none so blind that those who refuse to see. I get frequently attacked in a most vicious way but, nonetheless, my heart breaks for these who have been blinded by the god of this world that their eternal separation from God is coming and then, and only then, will they believe: But alas, too late.

Janet L. Rockey April 19, 2012 at 2:23 PM  

May we all be like the mountaineer!

Great post, Sheryl.

Sheryl April 19, 2012 at 2:58 PM  

Thank you both!

quietspirit April 19, 2012 at 5:17 PM  

I try to have my eyes open. I was reading something online today that had one small sentence that told me I wanted no part of what was being proposed. I even called and talked to my pastor about it. Yes, we all need to have our eyes open.

moeursalen April 19, 2012 at 6:48 PM  

Always wondered where that quote came from: "The one-eyed Man is King in the country of the blind.”

It's nicely written, with an elegant simplicity and a clear message.

Sheryl April 19, 2012 at 8:34 PM  

Thanks to all my readers, who've been here already and yet to come!

Anna July 21, 2012 at 12:08 PM  

Escaping with the mountaineer. God means more to me than anything. I know he is in control of everything.

Sheryl (author of post) July 21, 2012 at 1:59 PM  

Thanks, "Anna".

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