"You have heard that it was said, 'Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.' But I tell you, Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if someone wants to sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. If someone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you. - Matthew 5:38-42From NPR:
[Julio Diaz was in the subway and ]"He was walking toward the stairs when a teenage boy approached and pulled out a knife.Read the whole story.
"He wants my money, so I just gave him my wallet and told him, 'Here you go,'" Diaz says.
As the teen began to walk away, Diaz told him, "Hey, wait a minute. You forgot something. If you're going to be robbing people for the rest of the night, you might as well take my coat to keep you warm."
Grace is a funny thing, as it is so backwards from our instincts. This story is literally what we're called to. What if, instead of being hyper-alert and defensive, like a constant alarm system monitoring our surroundings, we instead have a response to our enemies- Hey, here's my wallet. And my coat. And, want to go to dinner?