Sunday, September 4, 2011

What is it with sighted people?

I don't know what it is. Whether they think they are being comforting or something. But at times sighted people seem to jump with both feet in their mouths and sound condescending and simplistic.

Today as I was leaving church, someone came up to me and started talking about things in general, asked me how things were going. Then put both feet in their mouth.
"I am sure if you pray, God will give you back your sight in heaven."

What! If I pray hard enough God will reward me in Heaven. Do they think, I do not pray enough, has God singled me out for some grievous sin that needs to be punished with blindness. Yes I am sure God has better things to do than punish me so much because He really does love me.

It so angers me that people can be so thoughtless. Plus having sat for an hour listening to a sermon which preached God's love for everyone and how He cares for everyone. Should we add a codecil saying God loves everyone, except the person in that wheelchair, the blind guy three rows back. Oh yes let's make sure we shout so the deaf bass guitarist can hear he is excluded too.

I am perfectly willing to accept that God might have sent me a challenge of blindness in order to make me stronger. You know I can live with that. But to say that God singles out people for punishment because they don't pray often enough or that they need to think of reward in heaven is to my mind ridiculous.

It is un-Christian to make such claims and to be honest I feel it insults my intelligence.