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.”