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Revenge Fantasies Matthew 5:38-48

Revenge Fantasies

Walk a mile with your enemy, Jesus says. Then, walk another one.

At a Glance

Psychologists tell us that revenge fantasies can be a healthy way of assuaging our feelings of victimhood when we are wronged. Jesus, on the other hand, calls us to a different vision of love for our enemies.

Editors' Pick

For material based on today's epistle text, see "Christopunks," February 20, 2011, at

It's a standard movie plot: A vulnerable hero is wronged or hurt by some sinister person or force. He or she gains strength from their anger at the injustice and sets out to get revenge. In the end, the villain is vanquished, justice is done and the credits roll.

Revenge fantasies are so common in the movie industry that they have become a genre of their own.

+ Liam Neeson is always looking to use his particular "set of skills" to avenge the kidnapping of a family member in the Taken movies.

+ Jason Bourne returned in 2016 after a nine-year absence to take his wrath out on the people who ruined his life.

+ Who can forget Carrie...

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