“You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well. If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles. Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.
Jesus teaches us to respond to injury by offering a alternative.
Matthew 5:43-48 NIV
“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
Jesus teaches us that the love of the Kingdom does not the idea of enemies.
Jesus teaches us to exchange our enemy mindset for love.
Jesus teaches us the good news that God’s mercy is not based on our perception of or our perception of .
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Resources on Non-Violence
Sider, Ronald J., Nonviolent Action: What Christian Ethics Demand but Most Christians Have Never Really Tried, 2015. (Available at the Kitchener Public Library)
Yoder, John Howard, What Would You Do? If a violent person threatened to harm a loved one…,1983.
About Josh Mutter: Josh Mutter is the Lead Pastor at Westheights Community Church. Josh is married to Michelle and they have two very busy little boys named Silas & Isaac. Josh enjoys long walks on the beach and smooth jazz – well, not really. But he does enjoy time with his family, spending time outdoors, watching baseball, sipping coffee and reading a good book.