Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Opus 2013-15: Key Scriptures, Matthew 5:39

(Matthew 5:39 KJV)  But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.

There are certain teachings that are clear and yet complex.  This is one of them.  It is referred to, for obvious reasons, as turning the other cheek.  It is a basic principle of the Christian life.  It is routinely ignored.  People who are total pacifists point to this as the reason.  That is a long discussion, subject of books and college courses.

My concern today is manipulation of truth.  Beware of your motivation.  We don’t turn the other cheek because it “works.”  It doesn’t.  Sometimes we turn the other cheek hoping that it will make the other person feel guilty for their callus behavior.  They don’t.  Sometimes we turn the other cheek so that people will feel we are noble and humble.  They won’t.

If often causes more rage than an angry response.  It often generates more aggressive responses than it would simply standing up for your rights.  You see, the pagan and Xian world hates the things of God.  They are willing to destroy society simply to see the good fail.  They rejoice in evil.

We are to have an attitude of forgiveness, grace and patience because it is the right thing to do, at least it is if you follow the Lord, Jesus Christ.  Certain actions may “work.”  Glorious.  But that is not our motivation.

We are to be salt and light.  Part of that is turning the other cheek.

homo unius libri

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