On not reciprocating hate

October 5, 2010 § 1 Comment

Just read Jesse Jackson’s A Life in the Day in the Sunday Times Magazine. He talks about learning early in the civil rights movement that “Dr. King taught us not to reciprocate hate.”

It chimed with this morning’s Bible reading from 2 Kings 6, where Elisha, having caused the Aramean enemy to be blinded and tricked them into Samaria, refuses to kill them (as the King of Israel expects), but rather feeds and waters them and sends them on their way. Not, perhaps, the way that Elijah would have done it (serious bloodshed of the prophets of Baal), and a remarkable episode. Don’t kill your enemies. Look after them and send them home.

Lots of applications here, I guess. But not reciprocating the bad stuff is a good lesson for the church.

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