You Have Heard it Said …

While I worked with worship planning at Samford University, we did a service that revolved around the different way Jesus tells us to live in the world. The following quotes were displayed in juxtaposition with each other with equally contrasting music. We used a violin during the quotes from the Gospels and our drum circle for the other quotes. The goal was not  to fuel some sort of culture-war, us-against-the-world mentality, but rather highlight the demands the Gospel places on our lives. The Gospel shows us that the world is different than we thought, and that means we live in it differently than other people might have us live. 

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You have heard it said …

But I say to you …

You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.

Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.

–Matthew 5:44

An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.

Do not resist an evil doer.

–Matthew 5:39

I am fighting for the work of the Lord.

–Adolf Hitler

If anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other also.

–Matthew 5:39

It is just to give each what is owed to him.

–Simonides

Give to everyone who asks of you.

–Luke 6:30

Justice is the advantage of the stronger.

–Thrasymachus

The first shall be last and the last shall be first.

–Matthew 20:16

What is good?  All that heightens the feeling of power.

–Friedrich Nietzsche

If any want to be my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.

–Matthew 16:24

Being unconquerable lies within you, being conquerable lies with your enemy.

–Sun Tzu

Those who find their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it.

–Matthew 16:25

It is far safer to be feared than loved.

–Machiavelli

What good will it be if you gain the whole world but forfeit your soul?

–Matthew 16:26

Every war begins with fear.

–Aelius Aristides

Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid.

–Mark 6:50

Great for Year A, Sixth Sunday after the Epiphanyin the Revised Common Lectionary.

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