Have you ever heard the phrase, “it is about to get real?” I feel like Mark 9 should come with that particular warning. The chapter tells us if our hand causes us to sin, cut it off. If our eye causes us to sin, pluck it out.
If we took this advice literally, I’m pretty sure our Church would look like a band of pirates took it over. (Eye patches? Hooks at the ends of our arms? Stay with me people.)
Yet, there is a lot of truth to be found here. Losing a hand or your eye, while catastrophic to be sure, is nothing compared to losing your soul. Loss of a hand deprives us of the joy of holding a loved one with both hands. Loss of an eye takes away our landscape view and messes up depth perception. The loss of our soul involves eternal damnation. There is no topping that.
I know what you are thinking. Hold on. Before you do something drastic—allow me to suggest some other drastic actions. Why don’t we cut off that television show? Why don’t we cut off that radio station? Why don’t we cut out going to movies with explicit content? Why don’t we cut off conversations soaked in gossip? Why don’t we cut Facebook friends who only plant hate and discord into our days? Why don’t we cut out the alcohol that turns us into angry people?
If it causes us to sin, we need to cut it out.
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