Brother Ron Barnes
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Turning the Other Cheek

Dear Brother Ron

Are we being Selfish when we don't speak our mind when someone did us wrong either by insults or disrespect? I know that religion teaches you to be humble or turn the other cheek or walk away as though nothing happened. But what about the fact that someone blatantly insults you by being rude or disrespects you?

Or how about when you paid for a service and it was charged higher than normal? When you don't fight back with these people are they going to continue to other victims? So isn't it selfish for not taking action when these people are rude like this? By not taking action you are passing on to another victim because this rude person got away without any punishments so he will do it again, right?


Dear Looking

The Bible does not teach us to ignore wrongs. It teaches us to not respond to a wrong with hatred. It also teaches that we should be upright in our dealings with others.

Job 6:24 Teach me, and I will hold my tongue: and cause me to understand wherein I have erred.
Job 6:25 How forcible are right words! but what doth your arguing reprove?

Job professes a readiness to listen to words of truth and wisdom; he complains that the language of reproach used by them was not adapted to instruct his understanding or to benefit his heart. As it was, he did not feel himself convinced, and was likely to derive no advantage from what they said. The same can be said when we approach "sinners" with words meant not to instruct but condemn.

Romans 12:17 Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men.
2Corinthians 8:21 Providing for honest things, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men.

A dishonest merchant not only dishonors himself, but if he also claims to be a follower of Jesus or a worshipper of God, he dishonors them as well because others will see in his behavior a contradiction of his profession of belief.

The Bible does indeed teach us to be humble and not counter evil with evil. But I seem to remember Jesus not being at all meek or humble when dealing with the money changers in the temple.

Best always
Brother Ron