Sunday, January 03, 2010

There Are None So Blind

Through a series of things, mostly movies, I have been so richly encouraged this week. My wife rented three movies, Doubt, August Rush, and Changeling. I also watched the TV movie, Defiance. All spoke to me to the depths of my being.

We have all adapted and adopted a false singularity because of being born sinners establishing an alternate identity, one rooted in lies, or as Morpheus said to Neo, "The Matrix (aka religion) is everywhere. It is all around us. Even now, in this very room. You can see it when you look out your window or when you turn on your television. You can feel it when you go to work... when you go to church... when you pay your taxes. It is the world that has been pulled over your eyes to blind you from the truth." (What truth)? " That you are a slave, Neo. Like everyone else you were born into bondage. Into a prison that you cannot taste or see or touch. A prison for your mind."

Apart from direct revelation from God the Father there is at best an insidious entity disguised and operating as me and you - the person we think we actually are. Because of sin and shame that have almost totally assimilated us we exist or go through the motions of living people, much like dead men walking.

I love the story of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead. He could have done the whole thing from the get-go but for some reason he invited humans into this miraculous event. First he told the people to remove the stone covering Lazarus' grave. After commanding Lazarus to come forth, he then instructed the people to loose him from his grave clothes.

Those of us who have similarly been raised from the dead are, in my opinion, much like Lazarus, walking around with the clothing that had formerly been our identity. Grave clothes are suited for the realm of the dead, not for the living. There have been so many tags and labels we have given ourselves, along with other people in our life, that have defined who we believe we truly are. It is my contention that the Father, working in the lives of my siblings throughout the earth, is using the very circumstances and situations we are finding ourselves in to remove our invisible grave clothes - which keeps us alienated from the truth of Whose we are!

Here is a quote from a book my wife just finished (which I hope likewise to read) The Elegance of the Hedgehog which spoke life to me: "They didn't recognize me," I say. I come to a halt in the middle of the sidewalk, completely flabbergasted. "They didn't recognize me," I repeat. He stops in turn, my hand still on his arm. "It is because they have never seen you," he says. "I would recognize you anywhere."

Who we are is undefinable apart from a revelation of Whose we are, period. One follows the other; the order is not reversible. He recognizes the real me, the real you anywhere. When we catch a glimpse of Whose we are, the grave clothes of sin and shame are loosed and we are free to become, essentially, ourselves. All of creation is standing on tiptoe with baited breath longing to see the manifest sons of God being called forth.



Elizabeth Mahlou said...

I saw Doubt this week, too. I really enjoyed it. I think I shall track down the other movies, and especially the book, Elegance of the Hedgehog. It sounds very intriguing.

Happy New Year, Rich, to you and yours!

Rich said...


A very Happy New Year to you as well!!

I really liked as my wife did as well the movie Doubt, might watch it again which I often do if I like something about it.

Its funny how Father is able to get our attention through the outer and inner noise and distractions, but He sure has through the different things I have been reading and viewing. His ability knows no limitations.

The book was one our daughter's dentist gave (as a gift) to her to read, after convincing my wife to read it (she is always on the look out for a great read) she did, only to share snippets from it with me, I too an going to dive into it before our daughter heads back to University soon.

Anonymous said...

Hi Rich! Thanks so much for visiting my blog. And yeah...that Dave....what a great guy.
Love your thoughts here. The Matrix is one of my all time favorites. I loved seeing that powerful quote.
Also, I've had "Doubt" in my NetFlix queue...I'll put it higher on the list.

Rich said...


This is one of the great quotes from the movie Doubt I loved, "Doubt can be a bond as powerful and sustaining as certainty. When you are lost, you are not alone."

I just wrote a piece that ties in with this very subject matter.

So good of you to drop by and share, thank you!