Last Sunday, I have both shared—and am working through myself—how to live an overcoming and blessed life in the midst of complicated issues and trying times.

It is for sure, our nation and its people need leadership, guidance, moral, ethical, and spiritual clarity in these tumultuous days. That kind of leadership was always intended to come from the church—God’s family and His instrument active on the earth pointing the way to eternal life.

In Luke 6:27-32, Jesus shed some light on a controversial issue of the day: how indeed do we respond to a world that is all about itself?

Jesus said this:

“But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them. Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. Do to others as you would have them do to you. If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? I must admit that I have some work to do, or rather some flesh to crucify.”

But as I reread this, I realized again that the leadership the world needs is twofold:

  1. We must understand and be sold out to the scriptural truth regarding every issue, especially the controversial ones.
  2. Our perspective and forthcoming response must factor in the people involved. Asking ourself the question: what does it look like, feel like, must be like to walk in their shoes?

Maybe when Jesus said that if someone compels you to go a mile then go two, He was saying: before you judge too quickly or too harshly, know what it feels like to walk in their shoes.


Pastor Keith