Jesus’ injunction to radical spiritual surgery to life as a Christian in contemporary America
Life of Christ - James Tissot
_ Sermon on the Mount:
If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body be thrown into hell. And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body go into hell (Matthew 5:29-30).
Jesus is obviously using hyerbole, but His point is abundantly clear: remove anything in your life that is causing you to sin. Said in the words of John Piper, we must “wage war on sin” and these removals are preemptive strikes to neutralize things (potentially even good things) the enemy has commandeered to use as weapons against us. As the “Seven Deadly Sins” play out in America, this surgery could take the form of:
_ 1. Wrath: Avoid whatever activities stir your anger, which could be reading the newspaper & political blogs or attending sporting events.
2. Greed: Like the rich young ruler let go of material wealth by donating money to ministries/charities and selling/giving away possessions.
3. Sloth: To stop wasting your time and talents avoid time-wasting activities such as: cancel your TV subscription or if necessary deleting your Facebook account.
4. Pride: The most difficult of all by far, but doable by avoiding places and activites that feed your ego, which might include blocking sycophants and turning down high profile engagements.
5. Lust: For men, flee from would-be adulteress of your heart wherever she lurks by avoiding jogging paths, tanning spots, and installing accountability software on your computer.
6. Envy: See yourself objectively as God sees you, which may mean stop comparing yourself to others or comparing yourself to those less fortunate to see how truly blessed you are.
7. Gluttony: Avoid tempting food wherever it can lure you, which may mean sending someone else to do your grocery shopping or taking an alternate route home to avoid fast food joints.
4/29/2012 06:55:52 pm
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4/29/2012 10:52:02 pm
Now, many of us get confused in plastic and cosmetic surgery.
5/3/2012 10:14:09 pm
Haha, I certainly hope others don't confuse Jesus' on the difference between Spiritual and literal surgery. Everybody would end up be maimed!
6/28/2012 06:47:55 pm
While this subject can be very touchy for most people, because spirituality and surgery are two different things we can't relate. My opinion is that there has to be a middle or common ground that we all can find.
6/29/2012 12:38:30 am
I have been very surprised to see the response to this article on the beatitudes. I certainly hope people don't see this as a promotion of the New Age idea of performing physical surgery via spiritual or psychic means. I think Christ's words are very clear that work on our hearts is purely non-physical (having nothing to do with the four chambered muscle of the cardiovascular system), but to do with the kernal of our spiritual condition.
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