“Smells like Marcionism!!!”
My sister, God rest her soul, and ONLY because she was my sister, my second mother, was able to get away with this. She gave me a doormat with “Hello, my name is Mat!” Effin’ hilarious. I still have it and now cherish, as I cherish every evidence of her I ever had. I can’t wait to see her again, as soon as possible, please. 🙂
-by Nick Chui, is happily married and teaches history and Religious Education in a Catholic secondary school in Singapore. He has a Masters in Theological studies from the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family, Melbourne, Australia.
“There is a very insidious theological idea around, especially among conscientious Christians who dearly desire to love Jesus and follow His teachings, that somehow, Our Lord’s injunction in the Sermon of the Mount to “turn the other cheek” and His shameful death on the cross means that to be a true follower of Jesus, one has a duty to accept without resistance injustice being done to oneself.
That is heresy of the most pernicious kind.
The reason for Our Lord accepting an unjust death on the cross is so as to be able to disable injustice permanently and to establish true justice. To reconcile man to God as the scriptures would say.
He did not accept death on the cross for injustice’s sake, but rather for the sake of justice.
If that is the case, then these parables about turning the other cheek take on a very different light. One accepts the unjust blow of the aggressor and offers the other cheek not so that he can be a doormat, but because that in itself is a form of resistance to injustice.
It is a form of resistance, because others watching will disbelieve the aggressor’s claim to the moral high ground.
It is a form of resistance, because the aggressor, if his conscience has not been totally killed, will hopefully recoil in horror at what he has just done.
It is a form of resistance, because the victim has empowered himself and established the moral high ground, by a conscious act of the will, not to even retaliate by force in self-defense, not because that’s not his right, but because he seeks an eschatological hope, a permanent disablement of violence of any sort.
So I urge my fellow Christians, to remember this. “Doormatism” or “Christian masochism” is a heresy.
It is not the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
If you want to truly follow Christ, fighting against injustice (whether done to yourself or to others) by just means is your duty.
And the non-violent teachings of Jesus are simply another and very noble way to establish God’s reign on earth and in your own life.
An essential part of God’s reign is that enemies can be reconciled to each other. That can only happen when justice is first established.”
Love, “Hello, my name is Mat!”,