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Can Christians defend themselves when attacked?


On the thirteenth day of the twelfth month, the month of Adar, the edict commanded by the king was to be carried out. On this day the enemies of the Jews had hoped to overpower them, but now the tables were turned and the Jews got the upper hand over those who hated them. The Jews assembled in their cities in all the provinces of King Xerxes to attack those determined to destroy them. No one could stand against them, because the people of all the other nationalities were afraid of them…The Jews struck down all their enemies with the sword, killing and destroying them, and they did what they pleased to those who hated them.   Esther 9:1-2, 5
            There’s no rule against Christians defending their country or their family when attacked.  In fact, in the book of Esther, the strength given to the Jews when defending themselves caused people to fear them and fear God.  Many Persians became Jews during this time. (Something similar happened to the Egyptians during the time of the plagues).  Certain people respond to strength and want to be a part of that power.
            Jesus talked about turning the other cheek in Matthew 5:39.  Should Christians just be punching bags, taken from and walked all over?  Certainly there are times when humility must be exercised and times when strength must be shown.  People respond to either at the right times.  Consult your Holy Spirit over which should be shown when.