The Christian response to injustice is non-violent, compassionate confrontation.
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When the days for his being taken up were fulfilled, he resolutely determined to journey to Jerusalem, and he sent messengers ahead of him.
Jesus saw where his mission was leading.
He was no coward.
He could have avoided Jerusalem.
But he knew he needed to confront the powers that be, government and religious, over their injustices.
He could’ve come covertly…but he sent messengers ahead so his arrival would be obvious.
Jesus was not a military warrior coming to violently overthrow those powers.
He was preacher of peace coming to non-violently confront those powers.
He had to know how this would end.
So why did he do it?
Many have their opinions.
Mine is that he wanted to show us quite clearly that injustice…especially the oppression of the poor and marginalized…is wrong.
But he wanted to show this non-violently.
He wanted to continue to practice what he preached…to love your enemies.
That is the path of transformation and new life.
It is the path that ends the cycle of violence.
It led him to the cross and to make the ultimate demonstration of God’s unconditional love: “Father, forgive them, they know not what they do” (Luke 23:34).
This is the ultimate expression of Christianity…to respond to hate with love.
That’s the kind of love that never dies…and can never be defeated.
The peaceful movement Jesus started…is on-going.
Each of us is called to take part.
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Remember…God loves you!