Matthew 5:39 is one of those verses where I get really tempted to help Jesus out with his sermon. This is the famous verse where Jesus says if someone slaps your cheek, you should turn the other one, presumably for more slapping.
I always want to step in and say, “Now, Jesus isn’t saying we should let people walk all over us. It’s just a commentary on how we’re supposed to go out of our way to love others.” Maybe you’ve heard other people say this. Maybe you’ve said it yourself.
I’m starting to wonder if that’s true. I’m starting to wonder if the Doctrine of Not Being a Doormat is just me trying to make my faith more convenient and appealing. For the life of me, I can’t find a verse that says “Don’t be a doormat.”
I’ve found a verse where Jesus says there’s a special blessing for the meek.
I can point to a spot where Paul says we should consider others better than ourselves.
And after the cheek-slapping verse, Jesus basically says to give people what they ask of you, and then some.
But I can’t think of anything that encourages standing up for yourself once in awhile. Championing the underprivileged? Sure. Refusing to bow to authorities who would have you turn from God? Absolutely. Making sure people aren’t just taking advantage of your kindness? I’m not sure.
I really am unsure. I don’t have a “correct response” in my head that I’m trying to lead you to. More and more, I’m leaning away from this Anti-Doormat Doctrine, but I’m still processing this question. I’ve already asked it on the Power FM Facebook page, and I thought I’d ask it here as well.
Do you think there is Scriptural support for not allowing yourself to become a doormat?