Only the Strong Can Turn The Other Cheek

My friend Jon Del Arroz wrote a really good article I wanted to share. Which you can read right here. He makes some good points.

Fellow Christians, we cannot be idle in our faith, or told to back down. We must live our lives with persistence and service to God, showing his love with our words and our actions, until the whole world sees his light.

“Turning the other cheek,” is not only an act of non-violence, it defuses the violence. When done right, turning the other check exposes evil and ill intentions for what they are. One of the best examples is a story of Mother Teresa of Calcutta, standing outside a bakery with a starving child, begging for food and water for the little one. The baker mocked her, rejected her, then spit in her face. Mother Teresa merely stood there and said, “Thank you for the drink for me. Now how about something for the girl.”

Those are not weak words, they are very powerful and unexpected words. This is the idea of turning the other cheek, to stand calmly and with love against those who would seek your destruction. It is easier to fight fire with fire, or to run from the fire altogether. But only the strong can respond with charity.

Of course, there are times when we must use violence to defend those we must protect. Even Jesus had righteous anger at those who would make the temple a marketplace. But I’m talking about conversions and discussions. In the days of the internet, news, gossip, name calling, and all that, we should not pick up their tactics of slandering to get our point across. But we should also not keep quiet, and be silenced by them. So turn the other cheek, it will hurt them more than if you had struck them.

Luke 12:49

“I have come to cast fire upon the earth; and how I wish it were already kindled! But I have a baptism to undergo, and how distressed I am until it is accomplished!

 

If you’re not familiar with the Last Crusade movement, John C. Wright has a lot more about it has a lot more about it as well

 

 

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