- Bad breath carries in school hallways;
- Student teachers have feral ears and menacing eyes;
- Retaliation is a gross sport.
Jesus challenged the common practice (and animal instinct) of retaliation. His wisdom sounded counter-intuitive. "Do not resist an evil person. Do not punch back. Don't cling to your possessions when being robbed or stripped by immanent domain. Give more and go farther than anyone asks of you" (para, Matt. 5:38-42).
Jesus sounded more like a modern day Mennonite than militia men in my neighborhood. He would not have jumped on the campaign trail to protect the Second Amendment. He would have been too busy walking the Via Delarossa.
Sadly, we're more inclined to fight for our rights than the "exceeding righteousness" demanded in the Sermon on the Mount. I can understand. Muttering in the hallway has always been easier than walking the extra mile. But Jesus doesn't call us to sit down and defend ourselves. He call us to run with abandon. Safety is not guaranteed for Christ followers.
Reflections on Jesus' Sermon on the Mount (5th in the series of 6 antitheses)