Blinders are often used in horse racing to focus the animals’ vision and attention straight ahead. It was amazing to look on the internet at the many styles and shapes available and comical to note that there were even some versions for humans. During a race, they prevent distractions which could cause the horses to lose their focus and veer into the path of their competitors. However, in the stables and pastures these blinders would probably have a negative effect by restricting the horses’ peripheral vision.
Humans don’t usually wear physical blinders (beyond smart phones and other electronic devices) but do appear to have some type of self-imposed oblivious behavior which keeps them from interacting with unwanted distractions. At times this need to focus on the task at hand is very important and even crucial. At other times it can be a selfish desire to ignore people and their feelings and ideas.
We often read in God’s Word of situations in which individuals and groups seemed to be wearing blinders. The prophet Isaiah spoke of those in Jesus’ day who, “can neither see with their eyes, nor understand with their hearts…” (Isa 6:10) (Jo 12:40-41) even after seeing the miraculous signs that Jesus had done in their presence. Jesus calls some of the Pharisees hypocrites and blind guides because of this. (Mt 15:14) (Mt 23:6) He often taught in parables and explained the meaning to His disciples but not to the others because they, “…saw but did not see, heard but did not understand.” (Lk 8:9-10)
There are at least two reasons why this happens. First, “The god of this age (Satan) has blinded the minds of unbelievers so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” (2 Cor 4:4) The second follows in logical sequence, “…They perish because they refuse to love the truth and so be saved. For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie.” (2 Thes 2:10-11) Every Christian should take off any blinders they may have and view God’s truth in a 360 degree perspective.