The “Turn the other cheek”, “Give your cloak”, “lay down your life”, “be child-like”, teachings as well as Jesus’ stern rebuke of Peter when Peter lopped off the ear of the guard and even Mary’s silent acceptance of Jesus’ crucifixion all lead me to think as parents we should NOT defend our little children should a murderous thief threaten them cornered in our home.
I believe that Christ is teaching that if we need defending, He will send his legions of Angels. Otherwise, we should let the murderer do what he does. Note - I know we can defend with cunning dialogue - which Christ promised the Spirit would help us with… but that is it - no violence - not even to lop of his ear.
The instincts in me would be tear out the heart of the murderer of my children and burn it in the fire. And if a child abuser touched my children inappropriately, it would take tremendous inner strength not to take swift & furious justice into my own hands.
However, the Christian in me says - “Lay your sword down and let what happens happen. God allows what He allows in His divine and eternal Wisdom.”
I seek the answer to this difficult question because, I don’t want to have to think through it should someone threaten my family one dark and terrible evening.
Does anyone have any wisdom to offer? I am seeking the most saintly approach to such a scenario.