Skiing can be challenging enough all by itself, but imagine doing it blind. Every year blind skiers hit the slopes. As you might envision, the only way this is possible is with a guide. The guide will call out simple directions like, “Turn left. Turn Right. Slow down. Stop. Skier on your Right.” Without someone guiding these blind skiers, it would be a death wish. Thankfully, with the right guide, blind skiers are able to enjoy the slopes and have even been able to make it up to the Olympic level (i.e. Brian McKeever).
The thought of the blind leading the blind is a very unsettling one. During Jesus time, He often called out the Pharisees and labeled them as blind guides (Matthew 15:14; 23:16, 24). What made this so harsh and provocative was that the Pharisees were the ones who claimed to see and understand God’s law clearly! The reality was much different. They were guiding spiritually blind people even though they themselves were spiritually blind.
The Pharisees had great power and were highly feared and respected (John 12:42; 7:13; 9:22; 19:38). Very few people would have thought the Pharisees were blind guides. The problem is, similar things happen today as well. This is why we must be all the more cautious who and what we let follow us. There are many denominations and teachers that claim to “see clearly” and yet do not follow Scripture. The Bible is the only God written, Divine given, inspired book (2 Timothy 3:16-17). Every other writing and creed book is made by man’s thoughts and man’s words. Keeping Isaiah 55:9 in mind, why would one want to follow something so imperfect and inferior to God? God has given us everything we need for life and godliness in the Bible (2 Peter 3:9). If someone or something else says more than Scripture, it says too much; if it says less than Scripture, it doesn’t say enough; and if it says the same thing then it is irrelevant. Putting our hope and trust into anything else is a pointless exercise and a waist of time.
Who and what is guiding our spiritual lives? If it is anything other than God’s Word, then it becomes another situation were the blind are leading the blind. I hope and pray that we will all trust in God and His guidebook. He is the only perfect guide with perfect vision.