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 …

With Whom Do You March––Pilate or Jesus?

In my last post (“STAND DOWN, CHRISTIAN!”) I brought a correction to anyone who would even consider taking up arms, joining a militia alongside crazy so-called “patriots,” poised to violently overthrow fellow Americans whose politics are different than theirs. I called out at least one “false prophet” who preaches violence and calls for an American …

Jesus’ Third Way

Jesus does not urge stoic passivity, which can be a cloak for weakness. He summons us to the kind of active resistance rooted in love that reveals pure strength of character. Anyone can strike back. It doesn't require great strength to retaliate. Jesus’ third way is not for the weak, but exclusively for the meek. …