The Cross & the Plot-line of our Time
One of the main arguments I carry in my head for giving non-violent responses to evil people is the following, and I’m curious for your thoughts:
If this is a Story that we’re in, then the plot of how good beats evil in this world must be central to it. From what I can tell from the New Testament, generous love for people who are (currently) agents of evil (even to the point of giving one’s blood or money in love) is the central strategy of God in this plot line. The promised resurrection, of course, can go a long way toward encouraging participation here, if we really believe it. Do we really want to pick up our own cross and follow this Jesus-guy, cause I think he knows what a cross entails.
Is this overstating or hitting the nail on the head, pun intended? What are the examples or teachings from the NT that show “defending oneself” is actually the Way good overcomes evil? There’s love, then there’s Jesus’ kind of love, which is what we’re called to, right? I think it’s much more than a command, it’s the strategy for the major plot-line of our time.