Violence begets violence

Matthew 5:9 (TNIV)

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.

In the musical, Fiddler on the Roof, and in the words of Tevye the milkman.

The year was 1905, and the Russians told the people in his little village, they had 3 days to vacate or the town would be destroyed. One of Tevye’s Jewish friends cried out in anger, “We should defend ourselves. An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.” To which Tevye said, “Very good, that way the whole world will be blind and toothless.”

It is easy to read the words of Jesus and gloss over them, thinking that they sound nice, but in reality, if we are willing, they take us much deeper into the life of faith.


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