If I could train my foolish brain to recognize people as errant blind souls wandering in a suit of flesh, I believe forgiveness would flow like a river. Though there is forgiveness as I live in Christ, it is often by compulsion. It’s rarely the first thought.
I think about the reason for this inability to perceive correctly and consistently. I think it has something to do with the deluge of trinkets and baubles which mask the true Man.
Perhaps it was slightly easier in early Christianity, where there were less objects of affection to be had. I can’t possibly know, and I don’t think anyone will ever be able to say for sure. Only God truly knows.
Pride certainly holds a relevant kingship when it comes to masking the true soul of a man. And doesn’t pride come in such a variety of shapes, sizes, colors and intensity? But Pride’s robe is made up of all the things a man may amass to declare his kingship over his own soul. To get to the heart of a man you have to slice through the garbage. Undoubtedly, recognizing people as blind errant souls gets far more difficult as the abundance of wealth gathers to hide them.
And I think it’s appropriate here to mention that the abundance of things that hide a soul need not necessarily be costly items. There is the wealth of social alienation. This alienation relies chiefly on violence as its display. From ignoring to physical violence, such a man says, without speaking, “Get past this if you can”.
Regardless all these things, it is to the Christian’s benefit to perceive his fellow Man as an errant blind soul (just like himself). Certainly something worth thinking on.
From my own perspective, here is a small list of shills people use.
A pleasant countenance
Drugs and alcohol
All manner of things that can be bought
All these things mask the true Man. Who is capable of perceiving past these things on a consistent basis?
15 You judge by human standards; I pass judgment on no one. 16 But if I do judge, my decisions are true, because I am not alone. I stand with the Father, who sent me.” (John 8)
My memory is renewed to consider that God in Christ alone is able to reach any soul.