When turning the other cheek is a bad idea

Posted: August 18, 2014 in Uncategorized

Jim Palmer

One of the ways religion was a disservice to me is how it spiritualized life in a manner that prevented me from responding to situations as they required. “Honor your father and mother” doesn’t mean accepting their manipulation and abuse. “Turning the other cheek” doesn’t mean that you allow someone to violate your boundaries. No one ever told me that at times the “godly” thing to do includes standing for yourself, saying “no,” terminating relationships, and refusing to enable the dysfunctional behavior of others no matter how they might try to justify it with God.

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