Bake for them two

<> on July 1, 2013 in West Hollywood, California.

This post by blogger Jessica Kantrowitz on how Christians might consider responding to the whole gay wedding cake kerfuffle is brilliant and inspired. I had to share it with you:

Bake for them two

By Jessica Kantrowitz

In Jesus’ time, the nation of Israel was under Roman rule. The Israelites were allowed to live there and practice their faith for the most part, but they had to pay taxes to Caesar and obey the Roman laws.

To the Israelites, the Romans were evil and ungodly. They had no place ruling over God’s chosen people in God’s chosen nation. That land had been promised to Moses and his descendants when God brought them out of Egypt. Their very presence in the land was blasphemous. One of the Roman laws stated that any man could be required to drop what he was doing and carry a Roman soldier’s equipment for him for up to a mile. In the sermon on the mount, with his followers gathered around him, Jesus referenced that law and told his followers what they should do in that case: “If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles.” ~Matthew 5:41

Go with them two miles. That was not the advice that most of the people in the crowd that day had been hoping for. That was not the conclusion that they would have come to on their own, following this man that they hoped would lead them to victory over the Romans. That was certainly not respecting their religious beliefs — go with them two! What if their neighbors saw! What if seeing them carrying the Roman’s equipment caused other Jews to think the Roman oppression was okay?

What if there was other work that needed to be done — good work, charity work even, but they spent all that time carrying equipment for the evil oppressor? But Jesus is not worried about any of that: “If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also,” he said. “And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well. If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles. Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you. You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”

Christians, our Jesus said, “Go with them two.”

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  2. Linda K Rewerts says:

    Love this– thanks for sharing.

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  3. Jerel Giarrusso says:

    Thanks, Bob, for sharing Jessica’s Kantrowitz’s thoughts with your readers. I saved the blog so it can become one of my regular reads, as it is completely in line with my Christian walk. It is refreshing to know there are many true followers of Our Savior who embrace the commandment to “love your neighbor as yourself.” It’s discouraging that so many faux Christians have co-opted the faith – making a lot of noise about their values and faith all the while spewing hate for people who are different from themselves, and actively displaying greed, corruption, and a lack of compassion for others. It is sad that people are often actually surprised when a “Christian” treats them with respect and decency. In His service…

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