When I was a kid the family had to move around some. As a result, I went to more than one High School and one of them was tiny. I remember one of the years I went there were fewer than twenty graduating Seniors. The whole campus would have fit on a Wal-Mart Supercenter lot—including the bus barn and the football field. One of the non-benefits of this smallness was the reliance of the school on regular PE classes to fill in the gaps on the sports teams. What this meant for me was that even though I was a bookish, smallish, out of shape science geek I was suited up for every game I could make and subsequently smashed. Basketball was no better but I learned something about getting taken out when you’re not looking.
Freshmen are easy to blindside. They are dumb and easy to trick because they have no experience. Look over there! Smack! See? When someone gets blindsided they get hit and go down before they even realize what has happened to them. I recall my ninth grade self doing defense drills with the basketball team—the starters mind you—when I learned about this. The benchwarmers had been put on the floor against the starters in a little scrimmage match to work on the first string defense. We were supposed to try to score and I was supposed to go through the lane and come around for a pass inside and when I did—Pow! Oh, look at the pretty birds…not only did I forget my own name for a few minutes I earned one of the coaches famous head-shake and sighs.
A classic blindside. Now I know better because I’m older and have more experience—as do you I’m sure. Or do we? Do we know as much as we think we do? The question is, are we really paying attention or are we just running the drill day in and day out? Of course we are. We know it. We’re content with our comfy sanctuaries and our thirty minute sermon-and-invitation. We love beating those Methodists to Luby’s. We are content with our Southern Baptisticity. We’ve arrived. And that’s our blind spot.
But what if we haven’t? Arrived I mean? What if we’re disobedient children? Could we tell if we were? Nope.
Deuteronomy 28:15 (NASB) tells us this: “But it shall come about, if you do not obey the LORD your God, to observe to do all His commandments and His statutes with which I charge you today, that all these curses will come upon you and overtake you.”
If Christ isn’t Lord are we truly his? Floundering around in our blind disobedience can we tell the difference between truth and lies? Our guides, with whom we have aligned our beliefs, cannot keep us out of the pit if they are afflicted with the same blindness we are. If this is even a remote possibility it is time for a serious and Biblical examination of the Gospel so that we can be sure we are preaching the truth. When we preach the Word but do not know what it says its like cutting across the lane with our eyes closed. We’re going to get nailed every time.