We live in a time of already, but not yet, where God has bound the strong man, but the work of binding continues. Because the strong man continues to reign and we see continued faithfulness to them myth of redemptive violence. With every woman silenced and paid off in the name of consent, with every bomb dropped in the name of peacemaking, with every police bullet that tears through the flesh of our black and brown siblings in the name of safety, and with every migrant child ripped from their mothers arms in the name of law and order we are witnesses to and complicit with the violent deeds of the strong man.
But God has bound the strong man. We can hold fast to non-violence and have faith in a God that has come to us in Jesus Christ not so that we would be part of the “right” religion, advanced at the expense of the whole, but that we would be able to see ourselves as part of the whole, so that we would not forget the thou or believe that we must comply with the rule of might and put ourselves above others.