“And Jesus said, ‘For judgment I have come into this world, that those who do not see may see, and that those who see may be made blind.’ Then some of the Pharisees who were with Him heard those words, and said to Him, ‘Are we blind also?’ Jesus said to them, ‘If you were blind, you would have no sin; but now you say, “We see.” Therefore your sin remains.'” -John 9:39-41
So many of our sins are rooted in what we see. As James 1:14 says: “But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire is conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.”
Today, we literally see the whole World. Log into any social media site, turn on the TV or even listen to the radio, and you can see how everyone else lives. You’re bombarded with advertising whispering how you should live and look. Your social media “friends” taunt you that you’re not as pretty, your house isn’t magazine cover worthy, and your life just plain sucks. We see that and the desire for more is born.
As advertisers know, if you fan that fire of desire enough, you can hook almost anyone on what you’re selling. In fact, there is a rule of marketing that says a customer needs to see something seven times to ensure they purchase. Nowadays, you can see seven worldly things in a single minute; all of it telling you – usually subconsciously – that you must conform with the world around you.
So, we see. And then we want it. Once we want it bad enough, we begin to make it happen. Sometimes, this is a good thing. Like when we go after a career God puts on our hearts, or pursue a new friendship. But most of the time, we just end up pursuing empty things of this World that serve no real purpose and give us no satisfaction. That is where sin is born: in discontentment, in the desire for more of this World, in seeing this World and wanting to fit in.
Maybe that is why Jesus said it is better to be blind – if not physically, but mentally. To not see this World with all of its shiny promises of fulfillment and happiness. Because we have no part of this World.