Meanderings of a Minister


The Blind Leading the Blind
January 15, 2012, 7:55 pm
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Jesus gave a warning in His day, “Let them alone; they are blind guides of the blind. And if a blind man guides a blind man, both will fall into a pit.”[1]  He was talking about the Pharisees being upset about His teaching.  What He meant was that the leaders we follow must first know the right way, second, lead the right way and, third, care if we get there.  Otherwise, following them will lead us into the pit.  This story is an example:

“In a recent running of theBostonmarathon, officials were amazed to find a number of the participants simply dropped out of the race and went home…or so it seemed.  What actually happened was the back 10% of the runners had lost sight of those leading them and took a wrong turn.  They ran down many streets looking for the route, but could not find it.  When one young marathoner was asked why they kept running, he answered, “If figured anyone ahead of me must know where they are going.”  Sadly, this was not the case.  On a positive note, the runners did finally make it to the finish line as officials were making preparations for the closing of the festivities.  What caused the confusion?  One wrong turn.”

While I do not know if this story is accurate or not, the principle is quite clear.  If you are following someone, you need to make sure they know where they are going or you will both end up lost or worse.

In Hosea, chapters 4 through 6, we find that Hosea has a similar problem in his day.  The priests and governmental leaders of his day were supposed to lead the people in worship of God, but they had become so accustomed to compromise and the religious pluralism of worshiping both Baal and God, that they no longer knew God personally.  All that was left was to lead the people in a heartless meaningless set of rituals that were not even a shadow of the relationship God desired with His people.  While it might seem like a small thing in our day of clergy sexual abuse, television evangelists’ IRS difficulties and other problems in the church, this was not a light matter.  God had a terrible punishment in store for both the priests and the people because of their lack of intimate knowledge of Him and His ways.

On a scale of1 to 10, with 1 being none and 10 being very close, how would you rate your pastor’s relationship with Christ?

Using that same scale, how would you rate yours?

What now?


[1]New American Standard Bible : 1995 Update (LaHabra, CA: The Lockman Foundation, 1995), Mt 15:14.

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