My Thoughts. . .

Monday, 09-14-2020

Jesus said if someone slaps you on the right cheek, “offer him the other one too” (Matthew 5:39; Luke 6:29).  He also said if someone sues you for your coat, also give him your cloak (Matthew 5:40).  Why?  Jesus’ reply was, “Don’t resist an evil person”! (Matthew 5:39).  Of course, that is not the full context.  Jesus started with, “You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’” (Matthew 5:38).  The basic message is, do not be someone who seeks revenge.

Most today would jokingly state, “I’ll do what Jesus commands and offer both cheeks, but if that person stays in my face, he will be picking up his teeth from the sidewalk.”  Recently, a mayor of a city that was experiencing “protesters” advised his citizens “To surrender to them anything they demand.”   Some well-meaning believers thought that advice was rooted in Jesus’ words.  Were they right?   They would be IF one understands Matthew 5:28-42 in the limited way given above.

Jesus quotes from the Law of Moses about an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.   Most believe this law stated: “You slap me.  I will slap you.  You take me to court.  I’ll take you.”  The statement is found in three different context: Exodus 21:22-25; Leviticus 24:19-20; and Deuteronomy 19:15-21.  The reader will notice the context is different in each.  Jesus mentions a soldier requiring a Jew to carry his load for a mile.  Jesus says carry it two.  Your attitude goes the extra mile!  So does your impression.  Rather than exhibiting resentment, you exude the privilege of helping a soldier serving far from home.  Why?  You are a child of a different King and Kingdom (v. 45).  Is this a law for all occasions and cultures?  Some think so.  Others modify it according to their culture.  There are other alternatives taken which are positive but dismiss the context involved.  The following examples are given as actions by readers who believe they are doing what Jesus commanded.

VIEW NO. #1: Someone breaks into your house, but you do not defend yourself or your family.  If the individual wishes to rape your wife and daughter, you stand aside and consent without objection.  Are you not obeying Jesus by turning your other cheek?  At least you are.  What about the two female family members?  When finished with his ungodly actions, he continues by cutting their throats.  Your response is to follow Jesus’ instructions by turning the other cheek to your adversary.  He takes what he desires.  You turn the other cheek.  When officers arrive, you turn the other cheek by not identifying the culprit.  When he is caught in another crime, you do not testify against him because you continue to turn the other cheek.  Your justification?  You love his soul and do not want to stop his threat by shooting him, which would not give him a future opportunity to become a Christian.  Did you love your wife and daughter less?  Yes, you did!  But your justification is that they were Christians and went to heaven.  If you shot and killed the invader, he would lose that opportunity.  You would be keeping him from that salvation!  So, your resistance was to grant him his freedom to do whatever he desired.

VIEW NO. #2: Someone kicks in your door to rape, murder, and rob.  You have a 12-gage shotgun.  When he comes through the door, he receives a full load of Number 2 shot in the face.  He falls back but is dead before his body hits the floor.  You love your wife and daughter more than you loved him.  You also love the people who would be his next victims.  Some of them may not be Christians, but you would be giving them the opportunity to become believers later, rather than allowing this criminal to murder them.  You loved him less than your wife and family, as well as all of those intended future victims.  There is a law called The Castle Doctrine which allows a person, in his home or vehicle, to protect himself, family or friends.  Each person has the right to decide whether he will or will not use a weapon to protect himself.  Using a pistol or rifle to stop a criminal from doing his evil deeds is not for the purpose of killing him, just to stop him from hurting you and family.  When the homeowner protects himself and others from a criminal’s action, he is the lawful one.  He is protecting the lives of law-abiding citizens.  By using a firearm against the criminal, he is aiding law officials and others.  He keeps that criminal from causing a future officer to lose his life.  He is also protecting those people that the law breaker would have visited if you had not stopped him.  In fact, his actions will keep you from having to make the decision whether to protect your family or allowing him to molest and murder them.  The choice is yours.  Talk it over with family though, they may feel differently and wish to use your firearm to protect themselves.

C

My Thoughts. . .

Monday, 09-14-2020

Jesus said if someone slaps you on the right cheek, “offer him the other one too” (Matthew 5:39; Luke 6:29).  He also said if someone sues you for your coat, also give him your cloak (Matthew 5:40).  Why?  Jesus’ reply was, “Don’t resist an evil person”! (Matthew 5:39).  Of course, that is not the full context.  Jesus started with, “You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’” (Matthew 5:38).  The basic message is, do not be someone who seeks revenge.

Most today would jokingly state, “I’ll do what Jesus commands and offer both cheeks, but if that person stays in my face, he will be picking up his teeth from the sidewalk.”  Recently, a mayor of a city that was experiencing “protesters” advised his citizens “To surrender to them anything they demand.”   Some well-meaning believers thought that advice was rooted in Jesus’ words.  Were they right?   They would be IF one understands Matthew 5:28-42 in the limited way given above.

Jesus quotes from the Law of Moses about an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.   Most believe this law stated: “You slap me.  I will slap you.  You take me to court.  I’ll take you.”  The statement is found in three different context: Exodus 21:22-25; Leviticus 24:19-20; and Deuteronomy 19:15-21.  The reader will notice the context is different in each.  Jesus mentions a soldier requiring a Jew to carry his load for a mile.  Jesus says carry it two.  Your attitude goes the extra mile!  So does your impression.  Rather than exhibiting resentment, you exude the privilege of helping a soldier serving far from home.  Why?  You are a child of a different King and Kingdom (v. 45).  Is this a law for all occasions and cultures?  Some think so.  Others modify it according to their culture.  There are other alternatives taken which are positive but dismiss the context involved.  The following examples are given as actions by readers who believe they are doing what Jesus commanded.

VIEW NO. #1: Someone breaks into your house, but you do not defend yourself or your family.  If the individual wishes to rape your wife and daughter, you stand aside and consent without objection.  Are you not obeying Jesus by turning your other cheek?  At least you are.  What about the two female family members?  When finished with his ungodly actions, he continues by cutting their throats.  Your response is to follow Jesus’ instructions by turning the other cheek to your adversary.  He takes what he desires.  You turn the other cheek.  When officers arrive, you turn the other cheek by not identifying the culprit.  When he is caught in another crime, you do not testify against him because you continue to turn the other cheek.  Your justification?  You love his soul and do not want to stop his threat by shooting him, which would not give him a future opportunity to become a Christian.  Did you love your wife and daughter less?  Yes, you did!  But your justification is that they were Christians and went to heaven.  If you shot and killed the invader, he would lose that opportunity.  You would be keeping him from that salvation!  So, your resistance was to grant him his freedom to do whatever he desired.

VIEW NO. #2: Someone kicks in your door to rape, murder, and rob.  You have a 12-gage shotgun.  When he comes through the door, he receives a full load of Number 2 shot in the face.  He falls back but is dead before his body hits the floor.  You love your wife and daughter more than you loved him.  You also love the people who would be his next victims.  Some of them may not be Christians, but you would be giving them the opportunity to become believers later, rather than allowing this criminal to murder them.  You loved him less than your wife and family, as well as all of those intended future victims.  There is a law called The Castle Doctrine which allows a person, in his home or vehicle, to protect himself, family or friends.  Each person has the right to decide whether he will or will not use a weapon to protect himself.  Using a pistol or rifle to stop a criminal from doing his evil deeds is not for the purpose of killing him, just to stop him from hurting you and family.  When the homeowner protects himself and others from a criminal’s action, he is the lawful one.  He is protecting the lives of law-abiding citizens.  By using a firearm against the criminal, he is aiding law officials and others.  He keeps that criminal from causing a future officer to lose his life.  He is also protecting those people that the law breaker would have visited if you had not stopped him.  In fact, his actions will keep you from having to make the decision whether to protect your family or allowing him to molest and murder them.  The choice is yours.  Talk it over with family though, they may feel differently and wish to use your firearm to protect themselves.