Don't Drive Blindfolded in Alabama
I recently heard about a car accident in which a driver ran a red light because he was texting. He collided with another vehicle and injured the passengers. Whenever we hear about something like this, we generally shake our heads, not only at the recklessness involved but also because it happens to be against the law in most states to text while you're driving.
You might be interested to know that there are countries that have declared other activities illegal to perform while driving. For example:
- In one country, it is illegal to eat or drink while driving – that overpriced bottle of water becomes even more expensive if you're seen drinking it while you're driving.
- In another country, you must have both hands on the wheel at all times – so shaking your fist at another driver (or making any other gestures) could result in a fine
- It is illegal to run out of gas on one road in Germany (the Audubon) – no stopping is permitted for any reason
- One country gives you a ticket if your car is too dirty – I won't be visiting that country
However, my favorite law about driving is one on the books in the good old USA. In the state of Alabama, it is illegal to drive while blindfolded. Although it brings me great comfort to know I won't encounter any blindfolded drivers while in that state, I have to believe that there was some occasion in the past when someone actually tried to operate a car while blindfolded. Why would anyone do that? Why would anyone voluntarily remove their sight while trying to navigate a road?
Well, from a spiritual perspective, people do this all the time. God offers spiritual eyesight to all of His children, and yet many respond that they would rather navigate their way through life blindfolded.
John 9 tells the story of a man who was granted his sight by Jesus and responded with the oft-quoted statement, "One thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see." This same man accepts Jesus' offer of spiritual eyesight later in the chapter, but the Pharisees do not. Jesus then says that He has "come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind." To put it another way, those who realize they are driving blindfolded are permitted to remove the blindfold; those who think they can see just fine with the blindfold in place will continue on their way without seeing.
It is up to us who have been blessed with the privilege of spiritual eyesight to show others why it is better to navigate the pathway of life without the blindfold. Sharing our blessings with others and living a changed life gives others the opportunity to desire what we have. If we claim to have removed the blindfold but we live our lives as if we still have it on, we not only put ourselves at risk but also make it unlikely that anyone else will follow us to Christ. (Would you drive behind someone driving blindfolded?)
As the people Jesus referred to as the "light of the world," we can show people the way to salvation and a blessed life – let's take advantage of that opportunity!