John 9.1-41 (Click here to read on YouVersion)
It's interesting that this is our reading for today. In the midst of a global health crisis, I've seen a lot of people on the news and in real life pointing fingers and casting blame. Conspiracy theorists are having a field day. Politicians are turning a health crisis into a means to get votes. How? They are looking for someone to blame for how this all got started.
Unfortunately, I've even seen Christians blaming God for this outbreak of disease. Some Christians have publicly stated they believe this illness enveloping the globe is somehow judgment from God. So the blame is two-fold: they blame people for sinning and bringing the judgment of God and then they blame God for sending the so-called judgment.
That's exactly the type of thing that happened in John 9. People wanted to know who was to blame for the man's blindness: his parents or himself? Read this quote from Pastor Brian Zahnd about John 9:
"...Jesus dismisses this line of questioning. Jesus is saying that when we observe suffering, the question isn't who is to blame, but how we can help."
Do you know what the word "Satan" means? It literally means "the accuser" or "the one who assigns blame." Casting blame is Satan's job, not ours. We don't cast blame on those who suffer we find ways to help them, extend God's healing hand to them, and show them grace and mercy in their time of suffering.
If we're still busy blaming instead of helping, maybe we are the ones who actually blind.
Ask the Holy Spirit how you can help someone else today. Then go out and do it!