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February 19, 2017

I'm Still Standing

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Dear Friends,

 

One of the oldest laws in human history is the Lex Talionis, otherwise known as the principle of retributive justice.  It appears in both the Torah and the Code of Hammurabi, and is based on the belief that only by “equitable retribution” can an offended or injured person ever achieve real justice.  We know the principle best by the phrase, “an eye for an eye.”

 

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus says that, while the Lex Talionis has always been an acceptable and prescribed means of ensuring justice, practicing it doesn’t make us better people, and it doesn’t make the world a better place.  So, Jesus taught to do the opposite of what the world would think you would do to defend yourself and your honor - turn the other cheek, give your accuser your coat, go the extra mile, and love your enemies. Instead of allowing the actions of others to determine our next move, Jesus’ way invites us to respond in every circumstance, in every challenge, according to the nature and character of God.

 

The text for this week is Matthew 5:38-48 and the title of the sermon is “I’m Still Standing.”

 

Martha

Rev. Martha Wingfield




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2017.03.26 22:02:55
Mikel
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