Friday, September 12, 2014
An Eye for an Eye and a Tooth for a Tooth--A Blind and Toothless World [Just Thoughts]
Just Thoughts: An Eye for an Eye and a Tooth for a Tooth?
There is justifiable anger when we hear that extremists in the Middle East have brutally executed two reporters. What should we as a country do about it?
Of course that is not easy to answer. We do have some guidance from Mahatma Gandhi, the believer in nonviolent activism in the pursuit of justice. Gandhi said, “An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth . . . leaves the world blind and toothless.” And we have the words of Jesus: “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’But I say to you, offer no resistance to one who is evil. When someone strikes you on your right cheek, turn the other one to him as well” (Matthew 5:38-39).
A bit later in Matthew’s gospel, Jesus says: “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’