we will learn how to walk the second mile with people even as we refuse to let them walk .no only atheist is jerks;Turning the other cheek vs. being a pushover: What’s the difference?Is there such a thing as being a Christian pushover, or should we always let it go when people wrong us? If there is a boundary between being Christ-like and being a wimp, where do you draw that line? My first thought is that the line is around respect. When you are being treated as less than a person, or your dignity is violated, then you should not turn the other cheek. Of course, even this is subjective.In my opinion, it’s a question of how we can be of service; meaning, if it’s beneficial to the offender that we correct them, we should do so. If, however, we are defending our own egos by lashing back, it’s 2 wrongs not making a right. We should ALWAYS defend the defenseless, so, in that regard, pull no punches. Any abuse we endure, we offer up, but we’re also called to be solid witnesses. Defend the defenseless, endure the clueless, & pray for both.To be a pushover because we do not fully understand our value and worth as a human being made in the image of a creative and loving God is to disrespect and mistrust that God. It is also unlikely that when we are called to stand up for the less fortunate, we will not have the strength to do so. But to willingly lay down our rights out of the strength we have, knowing that my value and identity is secure in Christ and that His spirit gives me the power to be more like him, is to respect and trust fully the God who made me, both in his image as a human being, and in Christ’s image as a follower of Jesus.
All of this points to our feelings that when people cheat us it is “unfair.” I think it’s important that we recognize this is true. But where we differ in our actions is that when the injustice is directed against another I am willing to stand up for justice and demand the rights of the offended. When the injustice is directed toward me I am willing to lay down my rights, standing up not for justice, but for grace.
Sorry this is so long, these are just my “off-the-top-of-my-head” thoughts, which tend to be less than organized. I am interested to hear others in the conversation.