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Great insight! Thank you! The part about the heaping of coals is also a passage that is often misterpreted like turn the other cheek. It actually was not a reference to shame or convict someone for their actions but a reference to a literary work of the time and a cultural practice. People in a village community would go to designated places to pick up hot coals in containers on their heads in order to carry them back to their fires for cooking. So the reference is about overcoming evil with good by recognizing retaliating only continues to spread evil. When we love we heap coals of love, mercy, and goodness that can potentially lesson the harshness they carry to others. Shame can often perpetrate more anger and wrong doing. Heaping coals goes well with activating their conscience concerning their behavior, but the motivation is not shaming them or scorning them to repentance for that is not love it's just a different kind of passive aggressive manipulative retaliation. Heaping coals has to do with not letting another person's actions determine your love but instead being the aroma of Christ. It is about moving in a different spirit, and in so doing making a difference in this world.
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Shame is not the GOAL of the Christian. That does not mean shame is not a result of turning one's cheek. In fact, it is a VERY LIKELY result if the aggressor is affected positively. Actually, it's hard to imagine an aggressor being affected to change WITHOUT feeling shame by comparison. So it is, in effect, heaping shame upon him that burns like coals--but that shame comes from within.
Thanks for the article.I've been talking to a guy on YouTube that thinks you're supposed to turn the other cheek at all times. I asked him what if a person breaks into your home and is going to rape your wife in front of him. I asked him, would he look at his wife while she begged him to help her and say, 'Sorry, honey, but I have to turn the other cheek' or would he defend her at all cost? He actually said he would turn the other cheek. His reason? Because Jesus took a beating by the Romans and did not fight back. He was then Crucified. I told him that if Jesus said any thing or fought back, He would win. He wouldn't have died for our sins and we'd all be doomed for hell.I believe in protecting my family from evil by any means necessary.I couldn't just sit there and watch them get tortured when I know I could stop it.What do you think?
I think that one of the best examples of turning the other cheek I've ever seen portrayed in a movie was when Rachel stood up to her prospective mother-in-law in the movie CRAZY RICH ASIANS. First of all, most probably missed this but that movie, sort of an Asian remake of the Cinderella story, tells the Gospel in a most wonderful way. Nicholas (a Christian name) came from the glory of his family's wealth to meet and seek out Rachel (means little lamb). This is Jesus coming for the bride. Then he decides to take her to meet his family and to show her his kingdom. When he introduces Rachel to his matriarchal grandmother and his mother, both reject her as coming from an unworthy family. Standing above Rachel at the top of the staircase in the opulent family home, Nick's mother looks down at her and says, in a highly rejecting tone, "You will never been good enough."This represents the condemnation of the Law. Rachel then runs off in to the Dark night of the Soul, where he lays in bed depressed and rejected. Then the Holy Spirit comes to her in the form of her mother and also her goofy best friend, who tells her, "You have to stand up to her...you have to earn her respect."So Rachel sets up a meeting wherein they play some kind of Asian game. In the game Rachel tells her, "Nick asked me to marry him, and said he was willing to leave the family to do it, but I said no, because I didn't want to hurt your family." As he says this she lays down the winning chip and lets the mother win when Rachel had the winning chip. This is "the meek shall inherit."But in facing the mother in the game, she was standing her ground and turning the other cheek. I do not see this as defiance. Defiance would have just ran off and got married. Rather, it is holding one's dignity and posture together while yielding the choice graciously.
To turn the other cheek was Jesus' most important teaching. It is what separates Christianity from most other religions, including Judaism. It is why extreme Christians tend to become pacifists rather than suicide bombers. Jesus wasn't the first to say it, but Jesus was the one to emphasize it. It was his core teaching, and yes, he really did mean it. -the-other-cheek/
If the inferior, having been struck once on the right cheek, turned the other cheek, the superior would be compelled to deliver an overhand blow with the right fist, therefore unwittingly having to treat the peasant as his equal in society.
Many commentators emphasize that the slap on the face could be referring to an insult, but even a slap on the face is not life-threatening. Instead of responding in retaliation, Christ urges a selfless attitude by turning the other cheek and going the extra mile (Matthew 5:39-41).
Shamal Bhatt was a medieval Gujarati narrative poet and he played a great role in initiating Gandhi towards the Sermon. Bhatt's noble mind and imagination and very particularly his pictorial description of returning tenfold goodness to whatever is done to us, through a didactic stanza has really attracted Gandhi's childhood mind. In fact, Gandhi learned from this poem that, the real beauty consists in doing good against evil. About which he states: "A Gujarati didactic stanza...gripped my mind and heart. Its precept-return good for evil- became my guiding principle. It became such a passion with me that I began numerous experiments in it."12 Gandhi quotes those wonderful lines of this stanza in his autobiography, For a bowl of water give a goody meal;For a kindly greeting bow thou down with zeal;For a simple penny pay thou back with gold;If thy life be rescued, life do not withhold.Thus the words and actions of the wise regard;Every little service tenfold they reward.But the truly noble know all men as one,And return with gladness good for evil done.13The influence of the ethical teachings of this didactic stanza during his childhood actually prepared him to feel the attraction towards the Sermon on the Mount later in London, because Shamal Bhatt's poem had close resemblance with the teachings of Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount. In other words, the Sermon in St. Mathew's Gospel acted as a potent stimulus in reviving Gandhi's mind to the ethical ideas he learned during his early childhood.
Gandhi thus compared the teaching of the Sermon - "whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also" - with Shamal Bhatt's immortal lines, - "for a bowl of water, give a goodly meal" - which had been inculcated upon him from his early childhood.14 Gandhi thus said: "...the teaching of the Sermon on the Mount echoed something I had learnt in childhood and something which seemed to be part of my being...."15 Because both the Sermon and Shamal Bhatt's stanza narrates the theme of returning good towards evil. This common theme of the Sermon and Bhatt's stanza had a key role in moulding Gandhi's philosophic and religious thought and was instrumental in revolutionising his whole life.
Good morning Sheepdogs, We will be meeting tonight July 18th at 7pm. We will have a good old fashioned bible study and discussion on Christ's "turn the other cheek" and how this has been misused against Christians.
Rick,As a long time Meeting house(er) I can say that you have done a great job paraphrasing Bruxys take on the "turn the other cheek" passage, well done, I'm glad you found the podcasts and books!Just a reccomendation, if you haven't already read his stuff, is Shane Claiborne.His book Jesus for President is an amazing book that expands on the practical social and political implications of the type of teaching you are outlining with this post.Great stuff Rick, keep writing.Cheers!
In turning the other cheek, we do not allow another person to insult, humiliate or degrade us; instead, we make a commitment not to insult, degrade or humiliate, and we model the right behavior for others. Like Christ, we find our true strength in gentleness.
When a boy's pet elephant is explicitly excluded from joining the local Pet Club, the boy sets out to show the other animals the error in their ways. Taeeun Yoo does an incredible job with the illustrations and Mantchev's story about friendship and inclusion is smartly written and full of important lessons. The story is told from the boy's perspective, adding depth to the lessons within and the story is so highly rated on Amazon and other sites that it has become an instant best-seller. By the end of the story, you can't help but root for the little boy and his elephant who, rather than tell the other pets "I told you so", decides to turn the other cheek in an impressive display of inclusion. The book works for children ranging in age from 2-10 and its message about acceptance is worth teaching to adults as well.
Gilbert Goat is a bit of a bully who makes school for the other animals not as fun. Luckily Llama Llama isn't afraid to let Gilbert know what he thinks of his behavior. Even more fortunately, Gilbert has the self-awareness to see the error in his ways and everyone ends up friends. Okay, so the characters aren't quite that developed but this is a book for children in preschool and kindergarten, so you must be impressed with the young animals' diplomacy. The story will make young children laugh and will teach them that turning the other cheek is the best strategy when facing a bully. The pastel illustrations are easy on the eyes as well. Anna you are forever remembered by Llama Llama and the impact it's made on our youth. 041b061a72