Thank you! Awesome article.
"Because we choose to press forward in faith even though we donít have the answer to every question, some people may accuse us of exercising 'blind obedience' or of being 'anti-intellectual.'" David E. Edwards, "Any Questions", New Era
, May 2012.
This quote is perfect. I have known people who looked down their noses at me (or LDS in general) for holding true. They questioned (not just asked questions), and they sat back supposing themselves more intellectual and more spiritual for not being "blind sheep".
Sheep aren't blind. Sheep have eyes that see. They see their shepherd. They see who they are following.
True blindness comes when enveloped in the mist of darkness.
The difference between the faithful and the unfaithful when surrounded by the mist of darkness?
The faithful don't need eyes to see when they are holding on to the iron rod (the word of God). All they need is a strong grip.
Those who have let go of the iron rod while the mist surrounded them are the ones who are not only blind, but lost.
Sadly, some of the very ones who once supposed themselves more intellectual and spiritual for questioning (not just asking questions) are no longer of this fold...or any fold.
Makes me think of the poem about sheep that stray:
Twas a sheep not a lamb that strayed away
In the parable Jesus told,
A grown-up sheep that strayed away
From the ninety and nine in the fold.
And why for the sheep should we seek
And earnestly hope and pray?
Because there is danger when sheep go wrong;
They lead the lambs astray.
Lambs will follow the sheep, you know,
Wherever the sheep may stray.
When sheep go wrong, it won't take long
Til the lambs are as wrong as they.
And so with the sheep we earnestly plead
For the sake of the lambs today,
For when sheep are lost, what a terrible cost
The lambs will have to pay!
~C. C. Miller
My husband says that all of us have our eyes open while in the mist of darkness. The faithful just learn to rely on the iron rod rather than their mortal eyes.
He says the unfaithful have their eyes open too. He says, "They have their eyes wide open walking toward the great and spacious building."
Not sure how that fits...but I thought it was interesting. I will have to ponder what he said. ~TG