I don’t know if by the time you’re reading this I will have already done the talk back show related to it, but on my show I’m having a talk back question, “As Christians, at what point do we turn the other cheek and at what point to we step in and get involved?”. When I first decided on the question it was because of a video I saw online, maybe you have seen it as well. Basically there was someone beating up a blind kid and then out of no where another guy comes along and punches the kid who was doing the beating, knocking him to the ground. Immediately I thought, okay so I know what I would do, I would stand up for that kid that was being beaten, but what is the right thing to do as a Christian?
Then the question evolved, I remember on October 7th I read a report from a place that I believe was Syria. A group of missionaries were in an area that was invaded by Isis. Their leader urged them to leave but they where adamant on staying, long story short, they were taken and brutally tortured, the women were raped in awful ways and then murdered. I don’t want to get into too much detail but the report said that the men were even raping the women while they were praying.
I have read report after report on the horrendous things that these terrorists of the human race have done to people. Crucifixions, torturous things and awful sexual assaults on women. And if I had to be honest, they have bothered me. I read one report actually during my radio show, and it just made me so angry I had a hard time finishing the night. Even now the actions described run through my mind. The one that bothers me the most is the picture of these people raping the women as they pray. It just makes me so angry.
I’m still praying about this one, that’s how much it bothered me. But the question that is in my mind is, at what point did we make the transition from people who where mighty, who were able to perform mighty things, like in the old testament where the prophet called down fire or where the Christians just destroyed the evil and killed it off in the land, to a people of just words. I’m not trying to spread doubt, because believe me I know God is able. I simply wonder, could those people affected by this brutal torture have commanded the people coming after them to be blind, or could they have called down fire on them?
As the days get darker and confrontation is something that we all should expect on even a daily basis, I need to find an answer for this question. Are words the only thing we need to be fighting with in prayer, or is it God’s will to fight back?