Message Recap: Learning to Bless Those Who Curse Us
1992 race riots: Rodney King, coming out of his court proceedings begs the public, "can't we all just get along?"
Often the answer is no. We want the power. We fight for what's ours.
We perpetuate a system where we use people to get ahead - yet, someone always gets hurt. We proclaim it as justice, but is it?
The false narrative is that the one who hits back hardest is the winner.
Yet, "An eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind." Ghandi
Jesus turned it around: Someone hurts you, let them. Someone takes from you, give them more. Someone curses you, bless them.
These teachings actually rob the oppressors of their power. If one person chooses not to fight back, that person is boldly choosing a way that eliminates the power of their competitor.
Jesus's obedience to death teaches us ultimate justice and mercy outside of the system we know.
In the kingdom of God, there is no trouble, no fear. There are no stockpiles of weapons, no violence. The Kingdom gives us motivation to respond to injustice, to offer forgiveness, to mend, to heal. It gives us fresh eyes of compassion, not pity.
Choose love over revenge, compassion over aggression. In the end, what does it serve to "be right"?
The heart of the law as Jesus interpreted was to love and to pray for our competitors. We ask why? We want justice. But we find, that's who God is. He sends the rain on the just and unjust.
Our American culture has perpetuated the false narrative of retaliation. Can we consider that maybe the American way is not in line with God's way? Even Christian Americans?
God is perfect love. In the kingdom, we are learning to live in perfect love. God is about redeeming the world, and we believe all things can be mended and made right. Perfection is not flawlessness, it is about wholeness, which ultimately leads to holiness. We are to be perfect only in love. ... See MoreSee Less