I recently watched the movie To Kill a Mockingbird again. So here of course I am referring to the spitting scene. When Atticus Finch, the lawyer, is spat in the face by a guy who hated him for defending an Afro American. (1930s)
I ask myself what would I do in that situation. of course I would be tempted to use an expletive or two and probably would. Would I really be able to avoid a violent physical reaction? I cant guarantee I wouldn’t.
Now of course the Christian parallel of “turning the other cheek” is represented by Atticus’ decision to just wipe his face, move past and return to his car. It was a powerful scene and really Atticus is a Christ figure. Just as Jesus was spat on and humiliated but chose not to react.
The challenge for Christian men especially is to stand our ground like Atticus, maintain eye contact but not physically or verbally react. Like the gospels, the ideal, the bar is set high. Can we , can you ,do what Atticus did?