Spiritual Blindness – A Testimony For Tuesday
by Alan Kearns
Published on April 25, 2023
Categories: Devotions

Spiritual Blindness – A Testimony for Tuesday


Psalm 146:8a (NASB)

 Recently I read Be Ready by Maureen Jistel, a post that was in tune with recent memories of my own past. Indeed Maureen’s post lead to this post for Testimony Tuesday. I want to tell you about my own spiritual blindness as a lad, before I was following Jesus as my Lord and Saviour. I was born into a mining village where no one dared vote anything other than labour or communist. I was raised to be just like everyone else in our community, an ardent socialist with a strong hatred of liberals and conservatives. It wasn’t brainwashing as much as it was being the same as everyone else. Mining communities were all alike in this respect.

 But there were other forms of hatred which were bred into us; one being the hatred of protestant or catholic, known as sectarianism. The strongest memories being playground brawls before or after Auld Firm football games (Rangers v Celtic), teachers always stayed safe in their staff room. Hatred of each other was like breathing, following us as we grew up. The only time the two sides united was in pursuit of the other big hatred bred into us: hatred of the English during international sports events. To be accurate the sectarianism faded in significance, but the other two hatreds grew (Political and Racial) forming our radical political beliefs in adulthood. The Miner’s Strike of 1984-85 had a profound effect on the teens of the villages, enforcing old hatred. I am ashamed to say that this was me as I grew up, but on a plus side my time with my Christian grandparents started to file off the rough edges of my background making me question my life and upbringing.

Two things happened to me in my new faith, which I believe were God ordained. The first being I went down to England for a while where God dealt with old matters in me, and particularly my thoughts on English folk. When I came back north, I was a new man in Christ released from racial hatred. The second thing was attending university where I learned how futile political beliefs are; I was released from the bondage of old political ideologies.

It was at this stage of my life, free from my past, that I started seeking God anew. I wanted to surrender my life and be free from old chains. My prayer at this time is best illustrated by a verse I wrote about in July’s Psalm Sunday:


Psalm 119:18

 Dear reader, by the hand of God at work in my life through the years I have been released from the sin of hatred. it had been sown in my young life and grew there, until God’s Good seed was sown, grew, and eventually strangled out the weeds of the past. He opened my blind eyes! Do you have any beliefs or hatred in your life, that maybe you have grown up with from childhood? I would urge you to bring it to God in prayer, seeking the touch of Christ on your eyes as Bartimaeus did – that you too may be free and see.


Alan Kearns is a Christian father and grandfather from Scotland. He was raised in the mining villages of Fife and came to know Jesus as his Lord and Savior in 1984. A major influence that leads Alan to Jesus was his Christian mum, grandparents and an aunt. Alan writes regular devotionals in his blog Devotional Treasures


 Photo by Kalen Emsley on Unsplash


  1. Barb Hegreberg

    God has each of us on a path, it’s up to us to stay on the straight and narrow instead of wandering off into the darkness of the easy way!

    • Andy Oldham

      You are so right, Barb! Like He told Jeremiah, “Look for the paths of old and walk in them.” Amen
      Good to hear from you again!

  2. Maureen Jistel

    I love this Alan and thank you for the mention. What you experienced is what each of us will experience with God’s help, what I experience as He leads me to let go of “old wineskins” to accept the New Wineskins of His truth in love. I long for that day when all evil from without will be gone and we can begin to experience and grow in God’s love as we were always meant to be. I love your posts and am grateful for each one whether I comment or not!

    • Alan

      Thank you for your precious words of encouragement Maureen…May our Father God continue to guide and bless you as you serve Him each day.


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