Jesus clearly has a different way. MLK understood it. The right thing to do is love. Now that is hard to do under normal circumstances but with our enemies?
Jesus is clear. Jesus challenges us in a radical way. This is not what we want to do and it is not the way of the world. It is seen as weak and ridiculous.
Yes, Jesus is challenging us.
Jesus said (Matthew 5:43-44) “You’re familiar with the old written law, ‘Love your friend,’ and its unwritten companion, ‘Hate your enemy.’ I’m challenging that. I’m telling you to love your enemies. Let them bring out the best in you, not the worst. When someone gives you a hard time, respond with the energies of prayer, for then you are working out of your true selves,your God-created selves.”
That old law about ‘an eye for an eye’ leaves everybody blind. The time is always right to do the right thing. ~Martin Luther King, Jr.