What do you care enough about to cut your ear off for?
There are lots of things I would say that I care about. I love baseball, and it is fun to have the team I root for playing in the World Series. We yell, cheer, scream, wave orange-colored towels in the living room, dance around when great plays are made... However, if I was given the choice to cut my ear off ensuring my team wins the World Series, or, keep my ear and then "my" team loses the series...I am pretty sure I'll keep the ear, thank you very much.
I was struck this week to see the headline "Man Cuts Off Own Ear." I clicked through to read about the issues Russian activist/artist Pyotr Pavlensky has brought attention to through his self-mutilation. He removed his own earlobe with a kitchen knife while sitting on the roof of a controversial Moscow psychiatric center which has been accused of neutralizing political threats to Russia.
I didn't know this was happening on the earth that I inhabit. Pyotr took action, and now I know. And now you know as well.
Well, what do you care enough about to let everyone in the world know? What are you willing to sacrifice to have them know it? What should getting that message out into the world cost you? And then, when you figure what it is and how much it would cost and if you are willing to pay it, then get to it.
For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it. What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? Mark 8:35-37 (NIV)
If your right eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. And if your right hand causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell. Matthew 5:29-30 (NIV)
Read about Pyotr Pavlensky's Activism