Stand Your Ground

Posted on July 22, 2013

We’ve heard plenty of this phrase and law by the same name over the past weeks and months. It essentially comes down to self-defense when feeling threatened and/or afraid. This got me thinking, what does “stand your ground” look like from a biblical perspective?

On more than one occasion God tells Joshua, “be strong and courageous” (Joshua 1:6, 7, 9, 18, 10:25). Jesus tells his disciples, “be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves” (Matthew 10:16). Is this the Bible telling us to “stand our ground?” How do we reconcile these examples with Jesus’ teaching  of not resisting an evil person and turning the other cheek (Matthew 5:39; Luke 6:29)? Is it possible that turning the other cheek is an act of strength and courage?

What does it mean for a Christian to “stand his/her ground?” Is it simply on moral issues? Theological? Physical? All? Or none? Tell us what you think about the relationship between being a Christian and “stand your ground.”