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  • Print publication year: 2017
  • Online publication date: September 2017

5 - After the Fury

Summary

“With what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?”

The Christian Bible KJV, Matthew 7:1–3

“Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord … Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.”

The Christian Bible KJV, Romans, 12:17–19, 21

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith … If we live in the Spirit, let us walk in the Spirit. Let us not be desirous of vainglory, provoking one another, envying one another.”

The Christian Bible KJV, Galatians, 5:22, 24–25

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On the third Sunday after Easter in 1899 about forty miles southwest of Atlanta in Newnan, Georgia, a white crowd burned to death a fugitive black laborer known as Sam Hose. This atrocity blended anger, hatred, arrogance, festivity, brutality and satisfaction into a mood just beyond comprehension. “Glory!” shouted an excited man enraptured by the intensity of the moment, “Glory be to God!!”