Draw the line…?

Opinions are like armpits… everybody has a couple and sometimes they stink!

That being said, I’m going to share my opinion here. Like I said, IT’S MY OPINION (though I do my best to base that opinion on a Scriptural foundation.) You may have a totally different view on the matter and you are entitled to it. But for now, let’s jump in to my thoughts for the day…

I believe, as men, it’s our responsibility to be the protectors of our families. If someone was trying to harm one of my family members (or myself), I believe we can use deadly force to stop them. I also believe this… if we were in a mall somewhere and someone came in with an AR-15, opened fire on people, and I was carrying a concealed weapon, I would try my best to stop that person, too.
With that being said, we as men also have to know where to draw a line when it comes to “turning the other cheek” and “loving your enemy.” We’re in a constant battle between the flesh and the spirit.

For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. Romans 7:18-19

As an example, if I hear about a child molester abusing a child, my first response would be to hang him, castrate him, and set him on fire. But, that’s the fleshly side. Obviously, we can’t take the law into our own hands. The Bible tells us that Jesus died for all sinners, and that’s what we have to keep in mind. If someone insults us, we can’t have a knee-jerk reaction and act on our first response. We need to use Jesus as our example. Jesus had legions of angels prepared to come help Him. He could have spoken one word and they would have come and wiped everyone out. God is long-suffering and merciful. If we expect Him to be merciful toward us, then we should be long-suffering, merciful and patient toward others; which, in the past, at times I wasn’t. There have been lessons I had to learn the hard way. And believe me, if you don’t want to learn those lessons the hard way, then don’t act on your fleshly instinct. This is just advice, do with it as you will.

The Bible says we should live a quiet and peaceable life (1 Tim 2:1-2). The book of James teaches us to control our tongue (James 3). If we could learn to do these things, then life would be a whole lot better. Just something to think about…

Until next time…
Steven Walker Sr.

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