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  • Writer's pictureJohn Whitehead

Removing the Scales

For the last two years I have been writing with the intention of being thought provoking without being offensive. However, I believe the time has come to be more focused on provoking thought than on preventing offense.

You see, our world has reached the point where I believe we need to pray the scales would be removed from our eyes so we can see what is happening right in front of us.

The tipping point for me is the reassertion we should continue to spend our days living in fear of a virus. A virus that has a death rate among healthy people and people with co-morbidities of less than one percent.

I believe, “Removing the scales” from our eyes is crucial if we are ever going to return to any semblance of normalcy.

The problem we have is our current political class, corporate America and the media are all working together in a coordinated effort to ensure the scales we may have over our eyes remain firmly in place. Even our churches and some Christian organizations are aligning themselves with these groups and echoing the same rhetoric.

Where does this leaves us? How can we see without “removing the scales” that have hindered our vision for so long? It starts with believing we need to see and then wanting to do so. From here we must pray the Lord will open our eyes to what is happening all around us.

Our individual role is to pay attention and recognize the inconsistency of this coordinated messaging. We need to see the prospering of large global corporations in comparison to the demise of the small businesses as something more than a coincidence. We also must realize the rules we are being told we must adhere to do not apply to those who are making the rules.

We must see, blind trust leads to blind obedience which history demonstrates leads to visible atrocities.

Another indicator of the perilous plight we are in is the erosion of our freedoms. Things like mask and vaccine mandates have become political issues instead of issues of personal choice and conscience. This should never be as our health is an issue of personal liberty and the individual right to express, that liberty.

Today we are being told, not asked to relinquish our personal freedoms for the benefit of the whole. Though this sound virtuous, we must ask ourselves, when has a government in the history of the world ever gotten its people to give up their freedoms and given those freedoms back? It has not happened in history, and it will not happen today.

The idea people are willingly following this inconsistent messaging to make others think they care about them is one of the most ignorant things a free society may have ever done. Even, thoughtful contemplation has given way to being concerned with how our actions make others feel.

These are indeed precarious times, and the future is certainly unclear. One thing that is clear is “removing the scales” from our eyes needs to happen sooner than later.

As in the Bible when our Lord used Ananias to remove the scales from Paul’s eyes. The Church of Jesus Christ needs to be the instrument used for “removing the scales” from the eyes of believers today.

Because just like Paul in his day, we too in many ways have become to blind too, see!

Acts 9:18, “Instantly something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he regained his sight. Then he got up and was baptized.

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