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Blood Colored Glasses

“The accuser of our brothers, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down. They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony.” Revelation 12:10-11

I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase, “rose colored glasses.” It’s a derogatory term signifying that someone refuses to live in the real world. To protect themselves, people can simply choose to not acknowledge evil, pain, and tragedy that is happening all around them. This is a survival device and is convenient because if I don’t see problems, I am not responsible to help solve them. If I don’t allow for brokenness in human beings, I don’t have to be part of their healing.

God’s plan for us is not denial, but redemption. The enemy is an accuser and he’s very effective because of the truth in his accusations. Things really are bad; you really did commit that sin; that tragedy really did happen… His case seems airtight which allows us to justify a response of despair and even joining with his accusations of those around us in the name of, “I’m just telling the truth.”

But the accuser never tells the whole truth. The whole truth includes the fact that God loves us and Jesus died for us. My sins have been paid for on the cross and so have yours and so have the sins of everyone you know. Evil is happening but it won’t win. Tragedy happens, but God can also work in and through all things if we allow Him to.

When we put on blood colored glasses, we see the world as God does; through His redemption. There’s no person so lost they couldn’t be saved; there’s no problem so big, it can’t be solved; and there is no death that can’t be the seed of a greater resurrection. Let’s take off the rose colored glasses that cause us to be blind, and let’s take off the dark glasses of accusation that cause us to despair. It’s time to embrace our redemption and bring the good news to all who are hurting around us in this difficult world.


Pastor at City Church in Madison, Wisconsin