The Extra Mile

“If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles.” (Matthew 5:41) Roman law entitled its soldiers to force any Jew into carrying his heavy military gear for a mile. Imagine how that made the Jews feel, being treated with all the respect of a pack mule. It wasn’t just the physical strain …

The Bully’s Backhand

Backhand a friend (just pretend!) in slow motion. Notice that their natural reaction to being backhanded on the right cheek is that their face recoils to their left. So when Jesus says, “Turn the other cheek,” he seems to be saying, turn your face back toward your attacker and look him in the eye. Don’t …

Unlimited Love

Limited-love people limit their love to people who love them. They draw a boundary around their own kind. The boundary typically contains people of similar race, socioeconomics, or culture. The line drawn around their love spawns a spirit of superiority over those outside the line. The white landlord who rents only to people born with …

Blessed are the Broke

The narcissist has no redemptive influence on a culture that is already obsessed with itself. He can’t fit others into his heart because it’s already full of himself. He has fabricated his own role in life to write, produce, direct, and star in his own autobiographical docudrama. He only reaches out to others when he …