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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.


3 responses

  1. Pingback: The Nonviolent Missio Dei « Cross Talk

  2. Mike Cantley

    This is an excellent prompt to get us thinking about whether or not we are involved at all in the missio Dei. There is a generativity to love that you can’t help but think Paul is mentioning when he talks about “the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God” (Ro 8:19). I responded to you and Dr. Gorman both over at his blog (where I found you).

    Thanks again for your post!
    Mike C.

    June 27, 2009 at 4:40 am

  3. T Freeman


    Thanks for your thoughts. I do think love has ‘generativity’ and power to make things happen that we routinely underestimate.

    June 30, 2009 at 2:58 pm

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