This is primarily taken from Matthew.
It upsets me that so many who call themselves Christians today do not take the time to really study scripture and look into the context which a lot of popular ideas stem from.
This is taken from Matthew 5 which is the beginning of the famous Sermon on the Mount, which goes all the way through to chapter 7.
In this portion Christ is talking about dealing with your enemies. The problem is that there are different types of enemies, enemy personal, enemy universal, enemy corporate. The pacifist lumps it all into one category, “enemy”.
The problem is that what Christ is talking about here is personal enemies and not those who are corporate / universal.
When we read in context we see that Christ is addressing social issues. How to deal with one another, being angry with one another, issues like adultery and divorce, making promises you cannot keep or making promises you should not promise to keep.
We then come to the famous turn the other cheek / love your enemy part.
In this as well as all of Chapter 5, Christ is dealing with personal social issues, not government or corporate issues.
Nowhere does it say that we cannot defend ourselves, not protect the innocent, and not protect our family, etc.
Breaking Down “Turn The Other Cheek” - Which Hand?
For the past 100 years we have stopped becoming a war like / fighting people. Because we are no longer fighters, we miss out on something that our forefathers understood plain as day.
Let’s look at social norms.
First, the majority of the world is “right” handed. Why is that? I honestly believed that God created man to be right handed and to this day that still remains to be the norm. Only 15% of the world’s population is left handed.
Throughout history and social norms the left hand is always the “unclean” hand. In the days before proper sanitary conditions, men and women used their left hand to deal with all their “nether region’s” hygiene issues. This includes the monthly issues women have to deal with.
SO… no one and I mean no one used the left hand for any sort of social interaction and to this day we still honor that idea.
Just as a quick test, reach your left hand to shake hands and watch the other person’s eyes. You will see that you are “tripping them up” mentally and they will think a moment before offering the left hand, that is if they even offer it at all.
In today’s PC world where people don’t ask “WHY” and do not want to “offend,” most people will then shake with the left if given a few moments to think about it.
We can see that even Luke records the social norm when he references the sermon on the mount.
The historical social norm is that the right side is always right / first and the left side is always the wrong side, second or what is “left.”
Do a study on right vs left in social norms, it is amazing to find out why we do what we do and this in and of itself shows that God is in fact our creator and we did not just appear out of some primordial ooze. God put thought into us and ingrained these ideas into our DNA.
Now, with this little history lesson out of the way, let me ask you the following…
How does a right handed person “smite” or strike someone on the right cheek?
Think on this for a moment and hum the Jeopardy game show theme in your mind as you are thinking.
The only way a right handed person could strike someone on the right cheek is use the back of the hand to slap them or commonly known as a backslap.
If you would “attack” someone and intend to do serious damage / fight a person, you would use a fist and strike the closest target, that being the left cheek.
But Christ is CLEARLY talking about the right cheek.
Because we are no longer a fighting warlike people we miss the entire context of this and because of that we feminize this.
Because we have become so emasculated, we lose out on what Christ is telling us.
Context 1 – Christ is talking about social issues / treating one another.
Context 2 – one NEVER strikes another with a left hand, that is the unclean hand and one just did not break that unwritten social rule no matter what.
Context 3 – in a fighting warlike society if you backslap someone it has always been seen as a form to bring shame / insult the person who is being slapped.
To put it in modern terminology “Bi--h-slap” (think the proper term for a female dog)
To define this we read the following..
Christ is not talking about universal / corporate enemies, enemies at large or nation states that want to do us harm.
He is talking about that real jerk at work that always wants to up you by one, rub your nose in it when you make a mistake, the one who is always starting rumors about you, the one who is most likely be the person who will take their keys and put a huge scratch down the side of your car.
That is the sort of enemy that Christ is talking about here.
But because over the past 100 years we have gone from a fighting warlike people to soft feminized PC “God is Love” sort of people, we have been missing this point.
Did Christ Turn The Other Cheek? HECK NO! The Lion of Judah Comes OutHow many of you know or remember the scene in the garden when Jesus was arrested? There is a lot going on here, but when you read all four accounts from the Gospels, we clearly see the “Lion of Judah” coming out in Christ and not some meek lamb that is often portrayed. In the garden Christ shows His street smarts as well as giving us a peek at the “lion of Judah” but allowed Himself and submitted to being the “lamb.”
John gives an account with a lot of detail that the other gospels did not include. There is a lot there when we really take the time to read.
Please take the time to read this, it is important, so please do not skim it, really read…
Did you see the “lion” here?
First point - Judas betrays Christ with a kiss and then returns to the crowd of men. This in and of itself was seen as an insult. Luke even records Christ reaction to this insult…
In other words, “Judas, you know who I am (referring to the fact that He is God in the Flesh) and you betray me with a lowly kiss?”
He was basically calling Judas a coward and a panty waist.
Second Point – Jesus recovers from the insult and boldly asks “Whom seek ye?” They answer back “ Jesus of Nazereth.
Third Point – Many people miss the following, we witness The Lion’s Roar and John is the only one who records it…
When Christ said “ I AM HE” He said it as a warrior and one with authority. Remember He was just insulted by the cowardly kiss that Judas gave him. He was letting the mass of people there that He is The Lion of Judah, the Son of God,
The Alpha and Omega.
He startled them so much that they all, including Judas were stepping backwards and fell to the ground.
Now, to give you an idea of the mass of people there to arrest Christ we read the following in Mark.
Here is a very good excerpt describing the “great multitude”…