Jake Brigance in his closing argument said”…the eyes of the law are human eyes—yours and mine–and until we can see each other as equals, justice is never going to be evenhanded. It will remain nothing more than a reflection of our own prejudices, so until that day we have a duty under God to seek the truth, not with our eyes and not with our minds where fear and hate turn commonality into prejudice, but with our hearts–where we don’t know better.” We are living in a time where our heart is not longer relevant. It appears that in today’s society the only thing truly relevant is what we see. Edgar Allen Poe tells us to believe only half of what we see and nothing that we hear. So why is it that our eyes control and dictate the vast majority of what we do?
I have read so many statements over the past few years that professed Christians have said about certain topics. All of their reactions were based on their eyes and the law. Not God’s law but the laws created by man. In Corinthians 13:13 the Bible tells us that faith, hope and love remain but the greatest of these is love. Love comes from the heart not the eyes. So, why are so many believers going against doctrine. Could it be because much like man made laws, they are turning God’s law into a reflection of their own prejudices and saying they are doing it in the name of the Lord. Jesus is love and he teaches us to love one another because he loved us. None of us are worthy of the love given to us by our Lord and Savior, yet we have a difficult time loving those around us. One thing is a given we know what hate is and can do it well. Rarely, do we know the feeling of love and experience it. Dionne Warwick probably said it best “what the world needs now is love sweet love.”
As a society we are so concerned with appearances and what things look like that we forget to listen to our hearts. So many people make decisions based on their mind and eyes and find themselves in a situation where they are asking for forgiveness because they were more concerned with what it looked like rather than what the heart was feeling. How can we expect to have a country united when our eyes control the very fiber of our world? If the heart received the same amount of emphasis as the eyes we would have a world filled with love and unity. Our heart tells us when something is wrong and when we are wrong. Yet, we move based on looks. I have often heard adults say to each other and children “how does that look” or “what does that look like”. Even if it is not the right thing to do; no one cares as long as it looks good. It is high time for a new look. Let’s practice and see what love looks like. If it looks half way as good as it feels, we are in for a real treat.