Sin is real. The sinful nature is real. People are not ruled by an inner desire for peace and prosperity. They are controlled by a desire for self-gratification. It is amazing how many people look on peace makers as raw meat. When you turn the other cheek they see it as a mark of weakness instead obedience to a Jesus Principle. From that point on you become their favorite victim.
I am not a fan of the big push against bullying in our schools. It is not based on Christian values. It is simply part of the Nanny State trying to smooth the waters and silence the opposition to the Homosexual agenda. The LBGTQ political machine is at the root of much of it. At the same time, bullies exist. They tend to have one thing in common: They are cowards looking for wounded prey. I tend to think of them as the jackals or hyenas of our human world. They avoid strength and genuine confrontation. Their specialty is to feed on the weak and helpless. They love to run into people who turn the other cheek. It is like having an “Everything Free Day” at Nordstrom. Get a cart and load up.
I think that the principle is more in the little things than in personal defense. It is an attitude that goes along with the standard of putting others first. This is expressed many ways in the scripture. One of my favorites it,
(Philippians 2:3 KJV) Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.I don’t know about you but I have been around people who love to nit pick and demean. They seem to be looking for chinks in your armor so that they can pull you down. Our temptation is to respond to them on the same level. If they say we can’t sing we want to point out they can’t dance, so to speak. This is the daily living level where the principle is to be applied. This is where the love of Christ controls us. This is where we turn the other cheek.
We want to get angry. We want to defend ourselves. We want to win. That is natural. That can also be sin.
The testimony of the entire scripture is that there are times to step up and confront evil. Think of Moses and Pharaoh. Think of David and Goliath. Think of Peter and the Jewish leaders. For that matter think of Paul confronting Peter in Galatians. The principle still applies. When we confront evil it is not to dominate or to win for ourselves. It is to be a tool of God. It is to serve and protect others. It is to be done in humility and love.
Sometimes truth is not easy. Actually, often truth is not easy. But it is still truth.
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