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Going That Extra Mile

August 31, 2009

dummy_wooden_white_261078_tnWatch this video of Pastor Steven Anderson the man who preached and hour plus sermon called “Why I hate Obama”.    To the body of Christ I implore you after watching this video read what is said below!!!

Matthew 5:38-48

38 Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: 39 But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. 40 And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloak also. 41 And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain. 42 Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.

43 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. 44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; 45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. 46 For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? 47 And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so? 48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

What I would like to really focus on is verse 41

Here are several parallel commentaries along with their translations of verse 41

People’s New Testament

5:41 Compel thee to go one mile. In those days, when there were no stages, railroad trains, postal lines, or regular means of conveyance. It was common for officers traveling to impress men to assist them on the route. It was a necessary, but oppressive, exaction. Christ directs to yield the service, and double it rather refuse it.

Mile. A Roman word from mille, a thousand. A Roman miles was a thousand paces, 1,520 yards.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

41. And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain-an allusion, probably, to the practice of the Romans and some Eastern nations, who, when government despatches had to be forwarded, obliged the people not only to furnish horses and carriages, but to give personal attendance, often at great inconvenience, when required. But the thing here demanded is a readiness to submit to unreasonable demands of whatever kind, rather than raise quarrels, with all the evils resulting from them. What follows is a beautiful extension of this precept.

This next commentary sums up Matthew 5:38-42 (the meat and potatoes) rather nicely,  I couldn’t have said any of this as well as it is said below!

Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary

5:38-42 The plain instruction is, Suffer any injury that can be borne, for the sake of peace, committing your concerns to the Lord’s keeping. And the sum of all is, that Christians must avoid disputing and striving. If any say, Flesh and blood cannot pass by such an affront, let them remember, that flesh and blood shall not inherit the kingdom of God; and those who act upon right principles will have most peace and comfort.

Sooooo What could he have done differently????

Lets see….

1.  Turn the other cheek

2.  Did not only what they asked them but offered whatever else he thought might have helped  (going that extra mile).

3.  Greated them with respect  (“Howdy officer,  how are you doing this fine evening??”)

4.  Left them with kind words (which the bible says “turneth away wrath”,  (“You guys be safe now,  and thank you for your service,  God bless you”).

5.  Introduced himself as a Pastor and acted like one,  he might have won a few border guards that night.

This guy has a big E.G.O. he is literally Edging God Out he has formed an agenda in his own mind and moved ahead with it he has forgotten that he is to be a peacemaker and keeper of that peace.  Now in all fairness  I went to this guys website and examined some of his essays and can say that this guy is no dummy and he says some things that I can agree with. One good example:  What’s wrong with male gynecologist’s.   On this point, I could not agree with the man more.  Sooooo,  I will pray that God will lead this man back from the edge, or the fringes, or whatever you want to call it.  In the meantime let’s all try going the extra mile.


One Comment leave one →
  1. September 23, 2009 6:38am

    Hi, Sis.

    I’m not sure how much sympathy I have for this man. He’s the same Baptist “preacher” Steven Anderson who has been talking about how he’s been praying for President Obama to die… from cancer like Ted Kennedy.

    Look him up. You’ll see the news clips.

    I guess this is what can happen when you sew such things…

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