A Different Tactic

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Matthew 5:38-42      38 “You have heard that it was said, An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.[a] 39 But I say to you that you must not oppose those who want to hurt you. If people slap you on your right cheek, you must turn the left cheek to them as well. 40 When they wish to haul you to court and take your shirt, let them have your coat too. 41 When they force you to go one mile, go with them two. 42 Give to those who ask, and don’t refuse those who wish to borrow from you. (CEB)
[Scripture taken from the Common English Bible®, CEB® Copyright © 2010, 2011 by Common English Bible.™ Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.]

Do you think that Yeshua insisted that you return quid pro quo to all who have wronged you? Or is it more likely that he calls us not to attempt to wage or win a pitched battle, overcoming violence with violence? Yes, we all know that money talks. Does knowing this mean that we have to listen so we can win at the money games in which we are regularly tempted to engage? When power makes powerful demands of you, do you accede and become resentfully obedient? Why not try a different tactic — take your sails out of their wind. Instead of either confronting their power or capitulating to it, simply acknowledge that they are powerful and then walk away. Then, focus on what is really important — namely, taking care of those who have special needs.

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