Who sinned? Who cares?

th-2“As he [Jesus] went along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, ‘Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?’

‘Neither…'” said Jesus. (John 9:1-3)

We are always trying to play cause and effect with righteousness. Read your Bible; go to church; have your quiet time, and you will be a spiritual person, guaranteeing that things will go well for you. Fail to do these things and you leave yourself open to all kinds of bad things happening. And the converse is also the case. If things are going well, you must be doing it right, and if things are not well, you must have screwed up somewhere.

Christ’s answer as to the cause and effect of a man born blind was to detach the blindness from the normal human understanding of cause and effect. Sin didn’t have anything to do with it one way or another. There were reasons for the man’s blindness that had nothing to do with him, or his parent’s righteousness, or lack thereof. But wait a minute, I can hear someone say, the man still has to live his life for the most part blind. Yes he does, and he will deal with God based on that, but it will not be good for him to compare his life with everyone else’s, just like it wouldn’t be good for you.

The rain falls on the just and the unjust alike. Job, a righteous man in anyone’s book, had the bottom fall out of his life. Lot, Abraham’s nephew, in the Old Testament appeared to be a compromising man with little moral backbone, and yet in the New Testament, we find out his righteous soul was being tormented day and night by the lawlessness around him. (2 Peter 2:7) “Righteous Lot?” That’s always a real shocker to me.

All this means that the issue is not our lives fitting into some preconceived idea of righteousness or spirituality, success or failure, but our faith holding fast regardless of the circumstances.

“Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”

“Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life.” Blind all his life just for this one moment of power? How fair is that? That is not for him to decide. It is only for him to believe.

What work is God seeking to display in your life right now through what you cannot explain?

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3 Responses to Who sinned? Who cares?

  1. Mark S. says:

    To try an answer the question: “What work is God seeking to display in your life right now through what you cannot explain?” From yesterday, i started to weep a bit while going to sleep last nite regarding Kim the woman that happens to be home-less and asking the Lord to plz take care of her and before I went to sleep, deep within my heart or soul or whatever anyone likes to call it, these words came to me: “I’ve been taking care of her all of her life and still am.” and plus knowing He takes care of all the birds – So Praise God – for we serve a powerful & loving Lord – Amen!
    PS plus meeting and getting to know Kim as helped make me sooooo much more grateful 4 my family and the many blessings in my life from the hand of God… 🙂

  2. Meaghan-Margaret Evans says:

    This is an interesting work of writing. I read it and seem to understand yet when I am Job or the Blind son, I am not a happy sufferer. In the long run when I look back, I rejoice but in the midst of anguish, I often wish I could just skip the rest of my life and go directly to Heaven without passing go and without collecting $200. I wish I could persevere better so that I wouldent feel like such a whiner. I think it is about grace or mercy, blame or shame or all of the above. I dont know the answer. I haven’t even got a clue. Now that I have been broken open poured out and willingly used up for love of Jesus, I can put one foot in front of the other and it’s not as bad. I was in despair but now I am not. I hung on and help arrived.

    Thank you for a place to put my feelings

    • Mark S. says:

      Dear fellow Catch member: Meaghan-Margaret Evans I am sooooo glad & very happy 4 you to know you “…can put one foot in front of the other and it’s not as bad. I was in despair but now I am not. I hung on and help arrived.” And I praise God 4 you too… 🙂
      PS also let me plz say I don’t think you’re a whiner in any way shape or form – I believe even Job complained and cried out to God…

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