"In the kingdom of the blind, the one-eyed man is king."
This is one of the many quotes attributed to Desiderius Erasmus, who was one of the influencers of the Protestant Reformation. He died on the 12th July 1536, but his legacy continues to lives on through his work and writings. As I look around at what is happening in the fall out of Covid-19, it seems that anyone who has a little insight is able to sway public opinion and can be viewed as a leader.
Jesus lived in a similar time where many people were kept ignorant through the lack of education and opportunities for the poor and marginalised. In this way, the 'one-eyed men' were able to take charge of political realms and influence things for their own benefit. Jesus was courageous enough to speak out against those who abused their powers.
Matthew 23:16-19 - “Blind guides! What sorrow awaits you! For you say that it means nothing to swear ‘by God’s Temple,’ but that it is binding to swear ‘by the gold in the Temple.’ Blind fools! Which is more important—the gold or the Temple that makes the gold sacred? And you say that to swear ‘by the altar’ is not binding, but to swear ‘by the gifts on the altar’ is binding. How blind! For which is more important—the gift on the altar or the altar that makes the gift sacred?
Some of Erasmus's other quotes are also very interesting. He said:
"He who allows oppression shares the crime."
"Prevention is better than cure."
"Give light, and the darkness will disappear of itself."
Living in Grace