Walter Wink posits 16 ways Jesus taught and nonviolently responded to injustice and evil.
- Seize the moral intiative.
- Find a creative alternative to violence.
- Assert your own humanity and dignity as a person.
- Meet force with ridicule or humor.
- Break the cycle of humiliation.
- Refuse to submit or to accept the inferior position.
- Expose the injustice of the system.
- Take control of the power dynamic.
- Shame the oppressor into repentance.
- Stand your ground.
- Force the powers into decisions for which they are not prepared.
- Recognize your own power.
- Be willing to suffer rather than retaliate.
- Force the oppressor to see you in a new light.
- Deprive the oppressor of a situation where force is effective.
- Be willing to undergo the penalty of breaking unjust laws.
-- From The Impossible Will Take A Little While, edited by Paul Rogat Loeb. Walter Wink is one of the most outstanding living theologians. His work on "the powers" is required reading for anyone trying to make a difference in the world today. These points--and their full Biblical bases--are found in Jesus and Nonviolence: The Third Way.
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