I don’t subscribe to ‘blind faith’. As a matter of fact, I’m saddened every time I hear that expression. I get it, to some it is a common phrase used to justify one’s ‘leap of faith’ – but what exactly makes that leap blind? Taking a leap of faith does not mean to dive blindly, but boldly based on what is evident. There is nothing blind about Faith. Faith is moving on God’s WORD (His infallible instructions). We explore the evidence written in scripture by eyewitnesses, along with our personal experiences and move accordingly based on each discernment that His WORD (our Faith) is the fundamental strategy for our success.
Blind faith is spontaneous. Faith is Strategic.
Luke 14: 27-33
27 Whoever doesn’t carry their own cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.
28 “If one of you wanted to build a tower, wouldn’t you first sit down and calculate the cost, to determine whether you have enough money to complete it?
29 Otherwise, when you have laid the foundation but couldn’t finish the tower, all who see it will begin to belittle you.
30 They will say, ‘Here’s the person who began construction and couldn’t complete it!’
31 Or what king would go to war against another king without first sitting down to consider whether his ten thousand soldiers could go up against the twenty thousand coming against him?
32 And if he didn’t think he could win, he would send a representative to discuss terms of peace while his enemy was still a long way off.
33 In the same way, none of you who are unwilling to give up all of your possessions can be my disciple.
The passage above clearly demonstrates what is required to be a disciple (to live according to our Faith). The scripture also teaches us what happens if we operate in ‘blind faith’. It can cost us humiliation (verse 30) or even our lives (verse 32). If you believe in the evidence and accept scripture as proof, then Faith becomes ‘intelligence’. Faith becomes the ‘intel’ or ‘verification’ required to act accordingly. Faith becomes our strategy.
Blind faith is emotional. Faith is Evidence.
Now faith is the substance (assurance, confirmation, reality) of things hoped for, and the evidence (information, scripture) of things not seen.
35 As Jesus came to Jericho, a certain blind man was sitting beside the road begging.
36 When the man heard the crowd passing by, he asked what was happening.
37 They told him, “Jesus the Nazarene is passing by.”
38 The blind man shouted, “Jesus, Son of David, show me mercy.”
39 Those leading the procession scolded him, telling him to be quiet, but he shouted even louder, “Son of David, show me mercy.”
40 Jesus stopped and called for the man to be brought to him. When he was present Jesus asked,
41 “What do you want me to do for you?” He said, “Lord, I want to see.”
42 Jesus said to him, “”Receive your sight! Your faith has healed you.”
43 At once he was able to see, and he began to follow Jesus, praising God. When all the people saw it, they praised God too.
The blind man being without sight was curious concerning what was going on around him. Those that could see mentioned that it was Jesus passing by. They called him, Jesus the Nazarene, but the blind man immediately shouted ‘Jesus the Son of David’, acknowledging Jesus as the chosen one – his evidence. The blind man’s knowledge clearly came from the teachings of scripture (2 Samuel 7:12–16). He recognized Jesus as ‘the Christ’, ‘the chosen Messiah’ and not just some cool carpenter from Nazareth. The blind man’s Faith was not believing that one day he would see, his Faith was believing what no one else could see. He believed in the WORD and that Jesus was indeed the evidence as prophesied in scripture. If Jesus would not have shown up that day and he never received his sight, he still would have always believed that Jesus was the Son of David, the chosen Messiah – because even though he was blind his Faith wasn’t.
The evidence of Faith is information, affirmation, and most importantly manifestation. Jesus was the actual manifestation of the blind man’s Faith, not his sight. He witnessed what others couldn’t even though Jesus was standing right in front of them. Scripture teaches us that Jesus is the incarnated WORD of Life and was made manifest to us (1 John 1:2).
Jesus was the blind man’s evidence, but the miracle of him receiving his sight was everyone else’s evidence. So if the blind man didn’t have ‘blind faith’, why should we? Blind faith is emotional. Faith is evidence. ‘Blind faith’ means you don’t have a fundamental understanding and knowledge of scripture.
So, what’s so blind about Faith?
Rise Forward Verse:
- “Jesus spoke to the people again, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me won’t walk in darkness but will have the light of life.”
– John 8:12 CEB
Rise Forward Quote:
“If fear is cultivated it will become stronger, if faith is cultivated it will achieve mastery.”
– John Paul Jones