WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE BLIND FOLLOW THE BLIND?

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“He also told them this parable: “Can the blind lead the blind? Will they not both fall into a pit?” (Luke 6:39 NIV)

When the blind follow the blind, they fall into a pit.  Jesus is teaching us a very important lesson here; know who you are following.  I recently listened to an Armchair Expert podcast with Ashton Kutcher.  I had no idea his heart for humanitarian efforts until I listened in on their conversation.  Ashton has a lot of followers because of his successful acting career. His positive influence, influences his followers.  But I wonder, do they know who they are following? Are they following him because he’s a hot guy with a lot of money, or because he’s a humanitarian that is trying to better the world? 

Following people is a “thing” in today’s world.  Conversations about who you follow, or who follows you are commonplace.  I saw this hysterical video the other day about what email would look like in real life.  The video depicts what life would look like if we talked to each other the way we do in email.  Our world has changed drastically in the last 20 years. Conversations we have today, we didn’t have 20 years ago.  Now we have so many choices of who we can follow, we need to be sure of who we truly are following. Blind leads the blind into the pit.

Blind leads the blind into the pit.

I was on the way to a doctor’s appointment the other day.  Unsure of the location, I was using Google maps to direct my voyage.  I have experienced that sometimes Google maps take me to the wrong location.  I’m not sure why this happens, but it does. Like on this occasion when it took me 20 minutes to complete a 10 minute drive because Google was having issues.  I was the blind following the blind, and it led me into a pit.

The same thing happens when we follow the wrong person.  Following HItler was the blind following the blind.  When I googled his name to add the link to this post, just looking at the picture I could feel the evil that was him.  Following Bernie Madoff, financial scoundrel, was unfortunately the blind following the blind.  Many people suffered great losses because of his evil ways. The people we choose to follow impact our lives.  They can easily deceive us, leading us into pits. But there is a way to avoid the pit, Jesus.

When we follow Jesus, He will never lead us into a pit.   Following Jesus gives us life in abundance:

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”  (John 10:10 NIV)

The blind lead the blind into a pit, but Jesus leads us into life

Question of the Day:

Who are you following today?

Further Reading:  Deuteronomy 4:1-49 NIV, Luke 6:39-7:10 NIV, Psalm 68:1-18 NIV, Proverbs 11:28 NIV

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