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Turn the other cheek… unless you don’t feel like it, that is

Turn the other cheek. It’s one of Jesus’ most famous pronouncements. That it’s also one of his silliest may have something to do with it being so rarely practiced by his modern-day followers.

Let’s see what the man himself had to say:

“You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I tell you not to resist an evil person. But whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. If anyone wants to sue you and take away your tunic, let him have your cloak also. And whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two.
Matthew 5:38-42

Seems pretty clear to me. But I can’t believe he started two sentences in a row with ‘but’. But maybe he had a good reason.

Anyway, just in case the meaning isn’t clear, let me rephrase it for you:

If someone frapes you, give them your Twitter password ftw.

With that in mind, what do you think would be the “Christian” thing to do if you found yourself in one of the following situations?

  1. You lose an election.
  2. Someone accurately describes you through the medium of song.
  3. Your competitor is head-hunting your talent.

Don’t bother thinking too hard about it… I’ll just tell you the answers, based on what the Christians themselves did:

  1. Go to court.
  2. Call your lawyers.
  3. Complain, complain, complain.

Turn the other cheek? Pull the other one, more like.

Category: Bad, Hypocrisy, Religion


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