by Steve Jones

Spiritual Blindness
Steve Jones
John 9


Charlie Boswell was blinded during World War II while rescuing his friend from a tank that was under fire. He was a great athlete before his accident and in a testimony to his talent and determination he decided to try a brand new sport, a sport he never imagined playing even with his!

Through determination and a deep love for the game he became the National Blind Golf Champion! He won that honor 13 times. One of his heroes was the great golfer Ben Hogan, so it truly was an honor for Charlie to win the Ben Hogan Award in 1958. Upon meeting Ben Hogan, Charlie was awestruck and stated that he had one wish and it was to have one round of golf with the great Ben Hogan.

Mr. Hogan agreed that having a round together would be an honor for him as well, as he had heard about all of Charlie's accomplishments and truly admired his skills.

'Would you like to play for money, Mr. Hogan?' Blurted out Charlie.

'I can't play you for money, it wouldn't be fair!' said Mr. Hogan.

'Aw, come on, Mr. Hogan, $1,000 per hole!'

'I can't, what would people think of me, taking advantage of you and your circumstance,' replied the sighted golfer.

'Chicken, Mr. Hogan?'

'Okay,' blurted a frustrated Hogan, 'but I am going to play my best!'

'I wouldn't expect anything else,' said the confident Boswell.

'You're on Mr. Boswell, you name the time and the place!'

A very self-assured Boswell responded '10 o'clock...tonight!'

In one sense, blindness is a matter of perspective. Put a sighted person in an environment without light and that person is now, in a manner of speaking, blind. People speak of being blinded by ambition or love and we all know what it means to have a car pull into our 'blind spot.'

In John chapter 9 Jesus healed a man who had been born blind. He used the occasion of this healing to teach about the deeper problem of spiritual blindness and it's terrible consequenc ...

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