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The Rev. Dr. S. Randall Toms: “The Blind Leading the Blind” (Luke 6:39-42)

October 23, 2011

The sermon The Blind Leading the Blind, from the Rev. Dr. S. Randall Toms of St. Paul’s REC in Louisiana, is based on Luke 6:39-42 and Fr. Toms in this message says some very good things.  Certainly spiritual blindness is not easily faced by any of us, whether in ourselves or our leaders, and Fr. Toms talks about the danger of being led by leaders in such perilous condition.  But the portion that perhaps moved me the most was this, where he talks about Christians being like Anne Sullivan, the teacher of Helen Keller:

I began this message with a story about Helen Keller and her teacher, Anne Sullivan.  Many people don’t realize that Anne Sullivan herself was visually impaired.  As a child, like Helen Keller, she had contracted an illness which left her very limited in her visual abilities.  When she was a teen-ager, she had a surgery on her eyes which enabled her to see print.  After that procedure, she could read books. Soon, she excelled academically and was able even to instruct others like Helen Keller.  I like to think that in some ways, Christians are like Anne Sullivan.  We too were blind, but we had a spiritual surgery as it were.  We were healed of our spiritual blindness.  At times, our vision of spiritual things is still somewhat impaired.  We don’t see clearly as we desire, we sometimes make mistakes, we don’t watch where we are going, and we stumble and fall.  But still, our eyes have been opened to see the glorious beauty of Christ, and it is our desire that others would see his glory and beauty themselves.    Though being a blind guide is a terrible thing, and though we often feel guilty because of our own shortcomings, let us not shun the responsibility to guide others and help them to see the glory of the gospel and help them to lead godly lives.   Now that our eyes have been opened, it should be our greatest desire to be instruments in God’s hands by which he opens the eyes of others.  We truly become miracle workers, when the Holy Spirit uses us to enable others to see the wonders of eternal things.

That is an apt comparison, indeed, and perhaps one to help us remain humble: to realize our own eyes have been healed of spiritual blindness by the Lord, and that we should strive to be used by the Holy Spirit to help others “to see the wonders of eternal things.”

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