Hover over Romans 1:20-22 for proof of God's existence, and over Matthew 5:27-28 for Judgment Day’s perfect standard. Then hover over John 3:16-18 for what God did, and over Acts 17:30-31 for what to do.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

The "weakness" of Christians

"I would like to point out to you that Ray has said nothing in his own defense, and I think that is because he is trying to show you a good example of how to follow the teachings of your Savior. You are to be held to a higher standard because of your faith, that is why I am trying to point this out to you. You may call me a hypocrite if you wish, but I am only holding you to the standard you choose to follow and so I expect better from you. I agree with Jesus, I think you should turn the other cheek." Kerri Love

It is a mistake to believe that the "turn the other cheek" teaching is some sort of weakness or passivity. There’s a reason that the Christian does so when someone strikes him. It’s to show the love of God in the face of adversity, in the hope that the person might come to know the forgiveness of sins.

Jesus turned the other cheek when He gave Himself to those that mocked Him, ripped His beard out, scoured the flesh off His back, and hung Him on the cross to suffer unspeakable agony. The Scriptures say that when He did that He "committed Himself to Him that judges righteously" (see 1 Peter 2:23-24). He yielded Himself to the God who will repay those who inflicted harm on Him. He warned of the one who betrayed Him (Judas), that it would have been better for him not to have been born. How much more will God render fury upon those who actually murdered Him?

There hasn’t been one drop of Christian blood from those fed to the lions, up until to modern day persecution, that will not be avenged by Almighty God. The Scriptures say that each drop cries out for justice, and warn that even "every idle word men speak," they will give an account of on the Day of Judgment. See Revelation 18:24 and Revelation 19:2.

So we shouldn’t be too quick to point out the speck in another's eye when there is a sequoia in ours. We must remove it through repentance and faith in Jesus, so that we can see clearly. Then maybe we could instruct others, and do it in a way that is biblical.