“If your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away . . . (Matthew 5:29)

Was Jesus nuts? Why would he say such a terrible thing? Many people have seriously questioned his statement; however, Jesus wasn’t crazy. He was warning us about our eyes. Sin enters our bodies through our eyes, and sin can destroy us.

David is a good example of this. He became a hero in his youth. While only a boy, he killed a lion. Later, God gave him courage to stand up to a giant enemy soldier who mocked God and God’s people. David fought and killed the giant while grown soldiers cowered behind their lines. After that, God chose David to be king of Israel. He was a good king for a while. His people adored him, but he committed a sin that brought suffering and shame to both him and his people.

David’s sin began innocently enough. One evening, while walking on his balcony, he saw a beautiful woman bathing. Instead of turning away, he kept watching and soon he wanted her. He had her brought to him, and they began a long adulterous affair. Because of their sin, lies were told, a soldier was murdered, a baby died, and David’s kingdom began to fall apart. It all started with his eyes being in the wrong place. Today, we have a great deal of visual temptation. Sin can enter our eyes and our homes through movies, television, computers, magazines, and numerous other ways. We can stop it from happening, though. We need only to control our eyes—don’t look! Turn away!

Dr. Robert Wilkerson is a minister, writer, and founder of People for the Christian Way, an organization whose mission is to encourage all people to practice Christian principles in business, politics, and every area of life.,