Monday, March 30, 2009

Love and Revenge Re-Mixed

My group in one of my classes is presenting tomorrow on a section of the Sermon on the Mount. We will be re-telling Matthew 5:17-48 through a re-writing of the text and a use of cultural artifacts to enlighten us as to the meaning of the passages. My section of the text is Jesus' words on "an eye for an eye" and "loving your neighbor," so I thought I would share my re-write for new thoughts on the idea.

Matthew 5:38-48
38You have heard it said, ‘That next act of vengeance will finally settle the score.’ 39But I tell you, do not try to out-terrorize a terrorist. If someone crashes a plane into your building, feed their kids and give them clean water. 40And if someone tries to steal your identity, remember that nothing in your wallet defines who you are. 41If your boss asks you to stay late, then stay all night and sleep in your office. 42Be gracious beyond all measure, and place no boundaries on that gift.

43You have heard it said, ‘Bless those who are like you and curse those of difference.’ 44But I tell you: Love the ‘other’ and pray for those who put you to death, 45so that you might unite your heart with Christ of the Cross. God’s justice rolls down with endless abundance, from the slums of Calcutta to the high-rises of Wall Street. 46There’s not much prize in returning someone’s love. Don’t the politicians and business execs do that? 47And how are you any different if you only open your life to those closest to you? Doesn’t everyone do that? 48Move toward complete love, therefore, as your God completely loves.


  1. Wow! I'd like to be in class when all of you present. This is really putting the powerful and contrary-to-the-world words of Jesus into every day experience. Love, grace and forgiveness.