Sometimes Christians stand opposed. We choose where to draw the line and how to hold it. Our weapons are our words and our actions, but we do not turn to guns or knives. Sometimes they’re sleeping on the job. While others get away with murder, we shut ourselves away from the world like a hibernating bear. Lately, we’ve decided to confront various issues. The question is, are we fighting according to our preferences or the rules as written in the Bible?
Matthew 5:38-42, ” 38“You have heard that it
was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ 39But I tell you, Do not resist an evil person.
If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. 40And if someone wants to sue
you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. 41If someone forces you to go
one mile, go with him two miles. 42Give
to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to
borrow from you.”
Okay, so if we’re not likely to get into a fist-fight, what about debate? Does the Bible really tell us how to answer others we don’t agree with?
Colossians 4:2-6, “2Devote yourselves to
prayer, being watchful and thankful. 3And pray for us, too, that God may open a door
for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for
which I am in chains. 4Pray
that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should. 5Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders;
make the most of every opportunity. 6Let your conversation be always full of grace,
seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.”
“Evil person” is a pretty big category. Sometimes we might think we’re looking at somebody who is pure evil. It doesn’t matter if they bash our faces in or call us every bad name under the sun, we are not to respond in kind. So, are you tough enough to fight like a Christian?