Always Do More than is Required of You

I think I could safely say that General George S. Patton was not a poster child of godliness, but he did have some redeeming qualities. And one of the principles he lived by can for sure to linked to Biblical teachings, and in particular, Jesus’ teaching in the Sermon on the Mount.

“Always do more than is required of you.” – General George S. Patton, Jr. – American General

Kind of funny to connect Patton and Jesus, but if the shoe fits, wear it (there’s one quote to research). I do think the connection here is self evident. On the Sermon on the Mount Jesus is shown as the source of the famous quote to “go the extra mile”.

“If anyone wants to sue you and take away your tunic, let him have your cloak also. And whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two.” – Matthew 5:40-41

So this is in line with the Patton quote, “Always do more than is required of you”. You are asked for your coat, you also give your shirt. You are asked to go one mile, you go two miles. But that’s about the only thing in the passage similar with Patton’s view. Jesus goes on to teach us how we should deal with our enemies.

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you.”

Yes, Jesus says love your enemy, and Patton says kill your enemy (I’m sure in much more colorful words than is permissible in this blog). So there you have it, Jesus a man of peace and Patton a man of war. But let’s not forget, that Jesus came the first time as a Lamb, but He is returning as a Lion.


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Always Do More than is Required of You — 1 Comment

  1. Very nice connection between the two. Never thought about Jesus’ sermon as “going the extra mile”, but it’s right there plain as day!

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