Okay so there has been a lot of negativity in the Christian blogesphere about some of pastor Mark Driscoll’s recent comments. I have read both sides, but refuse to comment or say one person is right over another. Then I read something this morning that really shed new light on the debate. Today’s blog is really just a guest post from Oswald Chambers. That’s right folks, I have some major pull with the “Big Guy” upstairs. He let Ozzie help me out on this blog today.(ok so really it’s just Utmost from July 14th). So here you go:(underlining is me)
“But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.” Matt 5:39
This verse reveals the humiliation of being a Christian. In the natural realm, if a person does not hit back, it is because he is a coward. But in the spiritual realm, it is the very evidence of the Son of God in him if he does not hit back. When you are insulted, you must not only not resent it, but you must make it an opportunity to exhibit the Son of God in your life. And you cannot imitate the nature of Jesus— it is either in you or it is not. A personal insult becomes an opportunity for a saint to reveal the incredible sweetness of the Lord Jesus.
The teaching of the Sermon on the Mount is not, “Do your duty,” but is, in effect, “Do what is not your duty.” It is not your duty to go the second mile, or to turn the other cheek, but Jesus said that if we are His disciples, we will always do these things. We will not say, “Oh well, I just can’t do any more, and I’ve been so misrepresented and misunderstood.” Every time I insist on having my own rights, I hurt the Son of God, while in fact I can prevent Jesus from being hurt if I will take the blow myself. That is the real meaning of filling “up in my flesh what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ . . .” (Colossians 1:24). A disciple realizes that it is his Lord’s honor that is at stake in his life, not his own honor.
Never look for righteousness in the other person, but never cease to be righteous yourself. We are always looking for justice, yet the essence of the teaching of the Sermon on the Mount is— Never look for justice, but never cease to give it.
WOW! That smacked me straight in the face(in a good way of course). I would love to write something witty right here that sums everything up, but I am at a lose for words. This is a great way to look at Matt 5:30 It has shown me that there is more to simply turning the other cheek.