Lately, I’ve been spending lots of time around children (and their parents). And the saying is true: Love God, Love People. I’m realizing that sometimes our inability to love people, especially those we think of as “them” and “not us”comes from ideas that have been passed on to us as children from parents and peers, the news and society. Our parents fought with “them.” Our parents hated “them,” and then we proceed to fight their fights. Unfortunately, many times, in the end, we really don’t understand what the fight is about anymore. When we pass on hatred, prejudice and anger to the next generation, we leave them a legacy of lost sight. We prevent them from seeing and loving people the way Jesus would. We inflict the next generation with our blindness — a disease which is fueled by hatred and fear. And this is often presented under the guise of cultural expectations. How can I learn to love people more than I love my culture? How can I have a Love God, Love People attitude?
Leaving a Legacy of Lost Sight
At one point in his life, my grandfather could see, however, I only ever knew him as being blind. From my understanding, he could have kept his sight, but he didn’t have a simple procedure performed. So I never knew him as being able to see. He is dead now. My memories of him are as a blind man. He passed me a legacy of lost sight.
We pass on hatred to others by the language we use, by the words we use as we talk about “them.” We make up code words for talking about “those people” all without realizing that we are passing those ideas on to the next generation. Without realizing it, we leave them a legacy of our blindness. We prevent them from truly being able to love people. Fortunately, Jesus came to give the blind sight.
Giving the Blind Sight
Luke 4:18 says, ” The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has annointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed.”
I pray that Jesus will give me sight to see people as He sees people that He will free me from any legacy of blindness that has been passed on to me. That He will help me to love people more than I love my culture. That He will help me shift to a Love God, Love People Attitude.
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