Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Christ was not a pushover so why do people think Christians are suppose to be?

Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother. But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established. And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican. (Matthew 18:15-17 KJV)

I have often struggled with the question of whether or not turning the other cheek meant we we're suppose to be pushovers. Apparently the general consensus is yes, we should be. However, the more I read the gospels and get to know Jesus and the way He approached those who opposed Him the more convinced I an that the general consensus is wrong. 

I'm not a bible scholar by any means. All I can do is take the scriptures how the Holy Spirit reveals them to me. And to be honest it never sets well with my Spirit when I allow myself to be used as a door may even when it is the name of Jesus. I am a very non-confrontational person. This along with not being able to tell people "No", being a Christian, and walking in love, people always pick up on and repeatedly take advantage of it. When I allow this to happen it usually results in my mind running rampant in what I should say or do or how wrong they are doing me and I am always left feeling angry and cynical. This can not be what God intended when he told us to love all and turn the other cheek. 

I have been doing some real soul and bible searching about the answer to this conundrum. But no matter how much I read and interpret scriptures my spirit keeps referring me back to Jesus himself. 

In Luke chapter 13 Jesus repeatedly takes up for Himself. In verse 13 He heals a woman on the sabbath and in 14 the ruler of the synagogue tries to condemn Jesus for doing work on the sabbath and in verses 15 and 16 Jesus lets them have it. He takes up for Himself and His actions. In the same chapter is Jesus is condemned and threatened by Pharisees when they tell Him to leave the land because Herod will kill Him. Then again in verses 32-33 He tells them how it is and what they can do about. 

These are only two examples of Jesus standing up for Himself and not being a wimp or a pushover! I believe when the bible tells us to turn the other cheek it means just that. It, however, does not tell us to cower or turn and run away. It says to stand there in the face of what ever it may be that keeps delivering blows to you. I believe that when people mistake our (Christian's) kindness for weakness and begin to take advantage of our love, if we let them do so with out going to them in love and correct them that we are enabling their sin and dependency. This not only damages them greatly hut ourselves as well. It causes us to become cynical and to not want to help people and love people the way that Christ intended for us to do. 

Again, I am not a bible scholar or a preacher. All I can do is take the scriptures as The Lord reveals them to me through the filter of what ever situation I am dealing with at the time. And that is what I do. I hope that this devotion had blessed you in some way. Thank you for reading. I welcome your comments and if you would like to connect with me directly my email is chassidyhester@gmail.com

12 comments:

  1. Yes baby, I truly believe with my entire heart that love conquers a multitude of sins. However, I have dealt with this problem because I don't know how to stand up for myself! If you can stand up for yourself without anger or rebellion I think that would be the perfect answer. Perfect love never fails :) Pamela Britt Malone

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  2. Great devotional on an important and timely subject for a lot of people who struggle with this.

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  3. We need to remember that nothing we ever do will be 'perfect'. It's great to strive to be better but an unrealistic expectation of obtaining perfection while we are on this earth and mere mortals subject to an array of ingrained flaws is ridiculous. That is why Jesus died for our sins, if any of us were ever able to be perfect he would not have suffered on that cross. Expecting perfection in yourself or others is unreal. And, yes, you can stand up for yourself. And you can be barefoot, or crazy or poor or not worship the way your neighbor does and still follow Christ.

    These idiotic rules given to us courtesy of 'The Church' on how to worship come from idiotic, weak men who had no faith that we can find God on our own. And they use all of this to separate us and cause dissent.

    They didn't even have the courtesy to call Mary of Magdala anything but a whore. But if you research she had demons and Christ freed her from those demons. So, why does the Church perpetuate the myth? Because they don't want women in power. They want to consider women as vessels for sperm and nothing more.

    Further evidence of this is the 'Virgin' Mary. Who by all accounts in literature and common sense would not have remained a virgin after having Christ. There would have been nothing unnatural or immoral about her and Joseph having children. In fact, they did. But the church hides that and further places division among women and men. Holding that only a virgin who gives birth is virtuous and praise worthy. Ignoring how valuable she was to God regardless.

    It is ridiculous the dribble we go to a building to be taught. When the truth is out there. It is ridiculous that we do not call out all 501c Churches as just what they are: Apostates.

    When you twist and corrupt the word for your own financial or political gain or for your own sense of puffery you risk far greater things than this world will ever see. You are responsible for all the souls you have led astray. All the sins they committed thinking they were not sins thanks to your foolish teaching.

    One day the Catholic Church will answer for all those that starved to death while the Pope sat on a golden throne. One day the MegaChurches will have their pastors ignored by Jesus when he comes. And they will see the faces of all those they betrayed. All those who they stepped over in a rise for false power.

    Praise Jesus. Remember that HE died for your sins. Not some wanna be priest. Or some idiotic Pastor. These so called men of God are not always of God. More often than not they are of the devil. You cannot believe half way. There is a God and a Devil. Choose wisely.

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  4. "All I can do is take the scriptures how the Holy Spirit reveals them to me. " you mentioned.

    Holy Spirit tells you one thing and and person claims the Holy Spirit tells him another...

    Who is correct? What value do I take into consideration?

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  5. Correction ... insert "thing and another person"

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  6. I agree with this post. God loves us so expects us to treat others with love, as well as ourselves. If it's easy for us to stand up for the weak, bullied, and beaten both in the figurative sense (and literal), so why can't we stand up for ourselves when we feel weak, belittled, etc.? I think as long as our response is done in a loving way, just as how Jesus laid down the law in a loving, but assertive way, we are not only showing love to ourselves, but also love to others and also respect to God.

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  7. I agree with this post. God loves us so expects us to treat others with love, as well as ourselves. If it's easy for us to stand up for the weak, bullied, and beaten both in the figurative sense (and literal), so why can't we stand up for ourselves when we feel weak, belittled, etc.? I think as long as our response is done in a loving way, just as how Jesus laid down the law in a loving, but assertive way, we are not only showing love to ourselves, but also love to others and also respect to God.

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