Peace Bringers Service Message by Steve Feldman
Peace Bringers Service Message, a message delivered at Farmington Methodist Church.
I’m a Jewish doctor, a dermatologist. I appreciate that you’ve welcomed me into your church for this Peace Bringers Service. I am going to share with you a Jewish perspective on peace. Growing up in the Orthodox Jewish community of Washington, D.C., I didn’t set foot in a church except once for a memorial service for a high school classmate. You would be surprised at how little I knew about Jesus. In the Orthodox Jewish community in which I grew up—going to Hebrew School, going to an orthodox synagogue, visiting friends and family all of whom were Jewish—the topic of Jesus just never came up.
But I now understand that Jesus said in the Sermon on the Mount in the Gospel of Matthew, Chapter 5, “You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also.”
Do you believe in the “turn the other cheek” philosophy? When we look at the conflicts we face in the world, it must seem very hard to apply that philosophy in the face of terrorism. I want to share some dermatology stories with you that explain why I, a Jewish American, think Jesus was right, not just about turning the other cheek, but also, as in Matthew 7, “Do not judge, or you too will be judged.” continue…