Can you turn the other cheek?
Posted by appolus on March 15, 2013
I believe, that to a genuine Christian, injustice is one of the hardest things to deal with. It goes against everything that we are and when we witness it, no matter where, no matter what the context, it is always agonizing to our souls. We instinctively begin to march in lockstep behind the forces that would right a wrong. The reason we do this is because we are recipients of the outcome of the greatest injustice known to man. When Jesus was lynched, when Jesus was dragged in front of men who cared nothing for justice, who had already decided what to do with Him, then we know that His Holy Spirit burns within us with a spirit that identifies with all lynched men. We identify with injustice, wherever it would take place around the world. So when Jesus begins to teach in the sermon on the mount then He begins to teach revolution. Not a revolution against civil authorities, but a revolution against the very essence of sinful man. Every part of self , every corrupted gene in the human body is taken on and exposed on the Mount. Jesus gives us the strategy to destroy the wickedness of the flesh and to become new creatures in Him. So when our enemy spits in our face, slaps it, then we turn the other cheek. When he assaults us, compels us, we do not resist, but rather we surrender to the flesh and return love. Even as I write this my own flesh rises up. It so goes against my humanity, my manliness, my Scottishness. Yet my Jesus told me that if my enemy compels me to carry a load for a mile, I was to carry it for two. If he steals my coat I was to give him my cloak also. Can I give you a modern-day example?I warn you, this will be rough, especially for men. You are out for the evening with your wife. You leave the restaurant and head towards your car. Out of the shadows a man steps forward and punches you in the face. You are knocked to the ground. Your wife is screaming. He leans down and takes your wallet from your inside pocket. He laughs and turns slowly to walk away. You reach into your pocket and grab the $20 bill that you have there and you say sir, you forgot this and you hand him the $20 bill. Does this story not assault every part of who you are as a man? This author does not claim this kind of strength. Yet we know that Jesus on the cross was not without His power. We know that at any point in time and space that Jesus could have defended Himself, He could have destroyed the forces that were ripping Him apart. Yet, the very people who were ripping Him apart, you and me, were the people who He had come to save. “Father forgive them for they know not what they do.” He rendered unto them love rather than hatred. That love was a demonstration, not a feeling. His love was proven by the fact that He did not strike back, His love was proven by the fact that He could strike back but chose not to. It was in the choice not to avenge, not to render evil for evil that evil was exposed, humiliated and destroyed.