Advice & stories from a former MMA fighter

Turning the Other Cheek

In my previous post, I¬†shared some of my favorite inspirational quotes for fighters. One of them was “an eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind.” I wanted to expand on this idea a little more by talking about one of Jesus’ most well-known pieces of advice: turn the other cheek.

Some people believe that turning the other cheek essentially means becoming a doormat or a pushover, and that it instructs us never to defend ourselves against our enemies. I do not believe that to be true.

Although I advocate responding to hurt with love, sometimes, “turning the other cheek” (as the world defines that phrase) is simply not practical. In some cases, self-defense will be necessary to ensure your very survival. In those extreme situations, I advocate self-defense as a means of continuing your life and maintaining your own well-being, as well as the health and well-being of those around you.

Let me put it another way: if a man showed up at your front door in the ¬†middle of the night with a gun and threatened to harm you and your loved ones, I would absolutely condone self-defense in that situation. You don’t need to shoot to kill, but shooting him in the foot, or using your own strength to disarm him so that he’s no longer able to hurt you would be appropriate.

Sometimes, we have a tendency to get defensive and if not careful, we end up being hurtful towards others who hurt us (intentionally or not). I believe that in calling us to “turn the other cheek,” Jesus is simply asking us to respond to hurt as lovingly as possible, and to only put up our defenses when it’s absolutely necessary, and to do so in such a way as to minimize harm to the other party.

These are my thoughts. Do you agree?

Josh Davis

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