Sometimes I think we get Jesus wrong by overly focusing on his gentleness and humility. He was all that, but he was also an astonishingly shrewd and insightful teacher, with the street savvy of a community organizer. Jesus taught that when the powerful are pressing you down, you don’t have to take it and you don’t have to respond in their terms. There is a third way.

A sermon on Matthew 5:38-48 by the Rev. John A. Nelson

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