Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of May 3, 2009
- Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of May 3, 2009
As one of the on-going ministries of Chi Rho
Press, here is a selection from our book of daily
devotions, "Living as the Beloved: One Day at a
Time," by the Rev. Dr. Sandra Bochonok.
Please read the Scripture passage and Dr. Bochonok's
meditation. We hope you will be blessed.
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An eye for an eye
Jesus taught, "You have heard that it was said,
'An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.'
But I say to you, Do not resist one who is evil.
But if any one strikes you on the right cheek,
turn to him the other also; and if any one would
sue you and take your coat, let him have your
cloak as well; and if any one forces you to go
one mile, go with him two miles. Give to him
who begs from you, and do not refuse him who
would borrow from you."
Once again Jesus is prescribing a course of
action that simply does not come naturally to
us. Jesus' teaching is a standard for
Christians of all sexual orientations. Jesus'
is the most demanding lifestyle we can imagine.
It is more difficult than living up to the
standards of Moses. At least according to
Moses, one could seek an eye for an eye, and
a tooth for a tooth as compensation (Exodus
F. F. Bruce wisely notes this limited excessive
retaliation and bloodshed in primitive Jewish
culture. Gandhi understood this is not limited
to ancient Jewish culture. He once said if
everyone lived by an eye for an eye mentality,
the world would soon be full of blind people.
But Jesus takes us one step farther. And this
is a hard saying. We are not to seek vengeance.
We are not to retaliate. We are not to harbor
a spirit of resentment. We are to be willing
to go the extra mile and be inconvenienced.
We are to have the mind of Christ. This is
extremely countercultural and humanly difficult,
if not impossible. God will give us strength.
Is this teaching relevant for our twenty-first
century lives? Is it just for our personal
behavior? Are we to use this principle for
entire nations and communities? Is there a
single "Christian" answer? How are we to live
our lives with this teaching of Jesus Christ?
So many questions and so few clear answers.
God, you need to help us with this teaching.
It is very difficult to follow.
Grace and peace,
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