Turning The Other Cheek

The saying goes ““But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.” The second occurrence of this verse is found in Luke 6:29. It states, “If someone strikes you on one cheek, turn to him the other also”. Jesus/Yeshua often has a twist to his sayings. When one slaps you on the right cheek, in a culture where right-handedness is norm, they are using the back-hand of the right hand. It is a master-to-slave reprimand. So, this is clearly saying “don’t use violence against the worldly hierarchy”. It’s also saying a Socratic truth – show them the other side. When they come at you angrily with a single point of view… What if? What about? 

This moral is expressed in Peter’s drawing of the sword in Gethsemane, but most of all in Yeshua’s life of speaking truth to power and to the people, despite ultimately facing humiliating public execution.

“What about?” is absolutely a justified inquiry, even if it’s criticized as “whataboutism” by leftism. It can be used as a deflection to something personal and unrelated, but it’s also the foundation of philosophy to compare and question to find logical consistency.

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