... versus self defense.
At what point do Christians allow themselves to be slaughtered and continually persecuted before they will rise up and say "no more"?
I ask this rhetorically, of course, as I do not have the answers. But damn. 75% of religious violence is directed at Christians. In Christian minority countries they are murdered in their churches, beaten in the streets and their women molested while their governments and police will not provide protection. I understand in those circumstances justice is hard to come by. I honestly don't know how I would cope under such duress. I hope to God I never am forced to find out.
So do you turn the other cheek or do you fight back in self defense? Yes yes... violence is not the answer. Self defense, in my opinion, does not qualify as violence. I am not speaking of retaliation. But when Christ said turn the other cheek and love our enemies, did He mean it without condition? Did He mean for us to not be defenders of the faith... to just lay down and die?