Ah. The thing is that Jesus says that private individuals shouldn't take revenge. He doesn't say anywhere that Centurions should quit their jobs or that magistrates should not enforce the law.
If someone hits you, you have a private Christian duty to try to resolve the matter. That can be tough, but it's still quite different from public justice. If someone threatens to murder your family or your neighbors, on the other hand, you have a duty to defend them. Most of all, political leaders have a duty to defend them.
posted on 12/18/2003 12:12:37 PM PST
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