Hmm… How can I say this. The city of the blind. That was the nickname of ancient Chalcedon. Chalcedon was situated directly opposit Byzantium on the other side of the Bosphorus strait. The nickname was given by the Oracle at Delphi and while I’m not one to take counsel, material, anything for that matter, from a source of divination–as was the Delphic Oracle–it does bring up an interesting point: What is the atmosphere of the city in which you find yourself today? And how can it change for the better?
Y’know, the ancient Egyptians believed that a patron god resided over every city. The Bible calls them “principalities and powers” (Colossians 1:16). In other words, angels and demons. Nothing to be concerned about or afraid. Just a thought. But think about it: As Christians, we know that God is real. And that He created a bunch of angels and that Lucifer–being the angel in charge of worship (job one in Heaven)–took a third of the other angels with him when he fell (see Revelation 12:4), or should I say, was cast out of Heaven after “iniquity was found in him” (Ezekiel 28:15).
Now, before I go any further, I would like to say that this stuff is based upon my own observation and opinions and is not necessary knowledge depending on your walk and calling in the Lord. However, should your thoughts wander in this direction (as mine often have), please understand that only the Holy Spirit can and is supposed to provide you with the understanding needed to deal with the content in question. Paul calls an inordinate interest or “worshipping” of angels, “intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind.” (Colossians 2:18) In other words, when you show an untempered curiosity in the spiritual realm without proper focus on Jesus “who is the head of all principality and power” (Colossians 2:10), you are immediately blind to the more important reality of God and His supremacy. Every angel in the Bible, when seen in its glory, was an overpowering sight to behold. Most of those who had the privelege of seeing one prostrated themselves in worship and holy terror. To which the angel always responded “worship God only”, or something to that effect. If you were to take this down to a human level, anyone who is going to draw attention to themselves, as opposed to them turning your attention to God in some way, is not doing as the angels of God would.
And the Egyptians weren’t the only ones who believed that some deity presided over their cities. The book of Jeremiah (2:28) in the Old Testament speaks of numerous patron deities and their cities: “according to the number of thy cities are thy gods, O Judah”.
Now, I know I’m jumping all over here, but follow me. I think I have a valid point to make and I don’t want to come off in any other way than precisely practical with the conclusions that I’m drawing. Because, while we may not get a transparent window into what’s going on in the heavenlies, we certainly are affected by it, and as such can in turn affect it ourselves.
Referring again to the Oracle at Delphi, it was the Greek god Apollo who spoke and prophesied through the priestess in charge of the temple thereat. And when he spoke through her of Chalcedon being a “city of the blind”, it was with reference to the settlers of Chalcedon having missed the obvious better choice of the as-yet unfounded Byzantium across the Bosphorus. But I’m thinking of other reasons why a city, a county, a state or country might be blind. Hmm…
Maybe it’s because our attention has been diverted from God? And while many in our culture do not acknowledge anything spiritual (God, angels, demons, Heaven, etc.), we as Christians don’t seem to be thinking about it much either. And all the while we’re being taunted for our blindness.
“The entrance of Thy word giveth light; it giveth understanding to the simple.” (Psalm 119:130)
“For in Him (Jesus) dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in Him who is the head of all principality and power:” (Colossians 2:9-10)