“You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.” This line is found in a song written in 1965 by singer Bob Dylan called, “Subterranean Homesick Blues.” These words suggest, there are some things that happen in life that are so obvious that we need only to take a look at it to see what’s really going on.
When we don’t take the time to look, this is a condition of the mind that one writer, named Margaret Heffernan, described as a choice we make when we don’t like what we see. She put it this way: “We choose, sometimes consciously but mostly not, to remain unseeing in situations where ‘we could know, and should know, but don’t know because it makes us feel better not to know’.”1 I’ve heard this same attitude expressed in the idiom, “turning a blind eye.” For instance: Employees turned a blind eye when they saw their fellow workers stealing objects from their employer because they didn’t want to lose their friendship or cause trouble.
We know how corruptible this is in our everyday world, but some don’t realize how debilitating it can be in our spiritual world. Such as, pastors turning a blind eye to the way some of their parishioners dress when they come into the house of God to worship; praise and worship teams turning a blind eye to some of the lyrics in the songs they sing that do not correspond to Scripture; or parents that turn a blind eye to the language in TV shows their children watch, the lyrics in the music they listen to, and the texting on their cell phones, etc.
For some reason, this is done because we think it will eventually go away, or turn around in the right direction on its own. As singer Dylan said, you don’t need to tune into the weather report to know what way the wind is blowing. Just look outside at the trees or some nearby flag and you’ll see. For Christians, the Bible is our flag and the Holy Spirit is our wind. That’s where we should look to see which way the winds are blowing today. And when we do, let’s not turn a blind eye to reality, but put on the whole armor of God2 because we may be in a fight for our religious freedom. – Dr. Robert R Seyda
1 Margaret Heffernan: Willful Blindness: Why We Ignore the Obvious at Our Peril, Walker & Company, New York, 2011
2 Ephesians 6:11-18