In my review of the president’s speech in this blog yesterday, I concluded he doesn’t understand that we have a real enemy out there, and that his response to terrorism is without any real moral conviction. This is probably because he doesn’t believe, in the deepest part of his heart, that the threat is genuine. What further evidence do we have of this? Well, here’s a reminder.
The idea that terrorists should be treated as ordinary criminals is central to the worldview of this administration. Again, that’s primarily due to the belief that these people are not actually terrorists. Obama’s people have found it very difficult even to say the word “terrorist,” as if it would be impolite to accuse anyone of something so heinous.
It’s this worldview that now dominates our approach to other nations and the threats that do exist. Take Iran, for instance. How are we handling its headlong race toward obtaining nuclear weapons?
A dose of reality is needed—but we have to pray it doesn’t come in the form of another attack, perhaps with nuclear weapons next time. It’s essential that we see the reality now rather than later.
The Scripture talks about people who have blinded themselves to the truth. That’s in the context of the truth of salvation through Christ. Yet the principle applies in other ways as well. We are currently suffering from a self-imposed blindness. Another Scripture warns that if a blind man leads another blind man, both will fall into a pit. We are in that situation: blind voters have put blind politicians in charge. They will now lead us all into a pit if we aren’t careful.
When Jesus healed a blind man, and the man was taken before the authorities to explain what happened, his simple statement was “I was blind, but now I see.” There is still time to be healed of our blindness, but we have to be willing to see again. The willingness must come first. We have to be willing to admit that we have been blind. Only then will we be able to echo those words from Scripture: “I was blind, but now I see.”