“No Retaliation” from Rev. Tim Dreier

Rev. Tim Dreier - August 30, 2020

No Retaliation

Seems the most natural thing in the world. Getting even. Someone offends me, I have the right (maybe even the obligation) to get back at them. I may think that my self-respect depends on evening up the score, otherwise I’m some kind of wimp. While my parents strictly had ordered me not to fight, I was given permission to hit back the bullies. That seemed so right. Jesus once again is counter-intuitive. It’s pretty hard to let thing go and wish our tormentor well. But that’s the Jesus way. When you read the Gospels, can you find anywhere where Jesus hit someone? Or where Jesus called down a foul curse on those who opposed Him? At the same time, He was no wimp. His immense divine power and prerogative was always under the control of the Father’s will, even to the point where He could say about those nailing Him to the cross, “Father, forgive them.”

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