My husband is a poet at heart. He wooed me with his words. Then we got married, and I think too much and talk too much, so I’m always spinning his wheels concerning our faith and how it relates to the “issues” of the world.
One issue we have addressed is the challenges that men face with the images that are brought before their eyes. I recently visited the book store with my daughter, and in the check-out isle was a rack full of magazines covered by scandalously dressed women. The girl on the cover of Rolling Stone wore short shorts while riding a rocket – no pun intended there. It is horrible that sex has been dwindled to a cheap marketing tool to hook our men (and increasingly our women also) into a slow spiral of death. This reminds us all the more of the need to keep our hearts in check!
Here, my husband shares his heart:
I think I have an idea of what David was thinking right after his son died because of David’s sin of sleeping with Bathsheba and then murdering her husband, “Man, I wish I had plucked my eyes out.” As Sampson was being blinded by the Philistines, I’m sure he was thinking, “God, I should have plucked my eyes out before I met Delilah.” I think Shechem would have plucked out his eyes if he had known that a glance of Dinah would have lead to his death, along with the death of 2999 others. If Eve could turn back the hands of time, I think she would have plucked her eyes out before the devil convinced her to first look at the Tree of Good and Evil. If it were possible, I think Ham would have plucked out his eyes before walking into his father, Noah’s tent and seeing his nakedness causing Canaan and the Canaanites to forever be cursed.
I can go on and on with examples in the scriptures of those that would have traded an eye or two for their fate. Still, I am finding that as Christians, we somehow don’t get it. The eye is a dangerous thing; it is a distraction, a hindrance, and portal to wickedness and sin. With the eye we covet our neighbor’s money, her clothing, and his cars. With the eye we lust after another’s spouse, their celebrity, their prominence.
With our eyes we see past the grace of God and the blessings that He has bestowed upon us and deem those things unfit and lacking. We blame the society, we blame the television, and we blame our environment, but what we should focus on is our heart. Jesus states in Mark 7:22-23:
“For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: all these evil things come from within and defile a man.”
So we must train our hearts first by studying the Bible and shielding our eyes from those things that draw us away from Him. “Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.” -2Titus 2:22. I know this may sound outlandish to some, but Jesus says “And if your right eye causes you to sin chop it off and throw it away! It is better to lose one part of your body to be thrown into hell.”
Lastly, we must make a choice. We must decide if our goal is to serve God and whether we believe His word or not. If I asked David, Sampson, Eve, Ham, or Shechem, I think they would caution us to the dangers of our eyes. I have decided to pluck out my eye (not literally of course). I hope that other men and women will join me. God is worthy of my obedience and my faithfulness for he is faithful to us. My eye is not worth my soul!
How can we help each other keep our hearts in check?
© Natasha S. Robinson 2011