“Whoever forces you to go one mile, go with him two” (Matt 5:41)
A lot of talk these days on De-con and Christian sites about how Christianity is not about becoming more moral than secular society…really? When did this become the concensus?
I think if someone is part of a faith and is not becoming a more ‘moral’ person then (a) they were prior to their committment to the faith and (b) taking secular standards and at the least re-evaluating them for the best moral codes – then I am not sure what the hell they are doing in a faith at all. Twidling the thumbs? Maybe playing Thumbsies? Or how’s about Thumb wrestling?
Faith is supposed to make you challenge your personal societal paradigm and the societal norms of the secular society around you. Faith is about morality and ethics – and anyone that thinks otherwise has not read one of these faith ‘books’. (Note: I think Christianity is wrong to try and change societal laws – they should just live their values even if they are contrary to society’s standards – who says the standards are the same or to need to be the same?)
Look at my one example above – one simple sentence. Unbelievably this was a societal norm of the Roman occupation on Jewish territory – making people carry some of their stuff a mile for them (as obligated by law). Apparently – that’s a good standard – but you wanna know a better one? Go one more mile. Things change in that mile you’re not obligated to fulfill. Freedoms happen, minds are changed, friends are made, and people learn about one another.
And I am telling all Christians and De-Cons today this simple and same thing I see in that sentence – faith is about ‘going that extra mile’ and when it isn’t – then it’s not faith you have – it’s some country club.