Blinkers are used on harness horses and race horses. They block a horse’s peripheral vision and focus vision and attention straight ahead. Anything other than what is directly in front of the horse doesn’t distract them because they can’t see it. With their vision limited, they can’t see what is beside or behind them.
We have to be careful not to go through life with blinkers on. The relative luxury of living in a free country can have the effect of blinkers over our eyes, so that we don’t see what is going on beside and around us.
One example – under our skies, religious persecution and martyrdom are not something we face daily. Although Christianity is under fire, most of us worship God openly with no hint of the value of that privilege.
In other countries, to be a Christian means you will face severe opposition, loss of family, home, job, citizenship. Our not so distant Christian brothers and sisters are imprisoned and tortured. Can you imagine living in a country where the official penalty for converting to Christ, is death?
Let’s not wear blinkers to those countries where faith costs the most, and to the personal cost our brothers and sisters pay to follow Christ there. They pray for us, that God would open our eyes and set our hearts on fire for Him. Let’s pray for them, that God would help them stand with courage as they pay the highest price for their faith. Let’s praise God for the great privilege we can enjoy, of worshipping Christ openly.
Remember those in prison as if you were their fellow prisoners, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering. Hebrews 13:3
Father, my persecuted brothers and sisters living under other skies face oppression, rejection and even martyrdom because of their faith in You. I stand with them Lord, and pray that You would strengthen them to stand for Christ, no matter what the cost. Amen.