“If one strikes your cheek, turn and give him the other.”
Very nice words. They were spoken by Jesus Christ. It is these words though that pacifists focus on to the exclusion of everything else. This is what they use to justify their unwillingness to fight back against their enemies. You know what not being willing to fight back against your enemies should the need arise to do so gets you? A community full of people killed by your enemies. Because your enemies, should they decide to attack, won’t give a hoot if you choose to fight back or not. In fact not fighting back just makes the job of your enemies that much easier.
“Let he who has no sword sell his mantle and buy one.”
These are also very great words. But who were they spoken by? The very same Jesus Christ in Luke 22:36.
So how are these 2 phrases, both spoken by the same person, to be reconciled? We are not directed to love violence. However, we must be ready and willing to prepare ourselves to take up arms should the need arise to do so in order to defend ourselves. This concept is presented to us the the form of the Just War Doctrine, which can be found here:
But those who erroneously focus on the first of the phrases coined by Jesus to the exclusion of His other one would have us give up our natural right to self-defense for some misbegotten notion that every enemy we have can be reasoned with.
I would also like to add that the enemy we currently fight, the terrorist organization Al Qaeda, is a singular enemy. Number one Al Qaeda is not a nation, it is an organization that has a stranglehold on nearly all of the Arabian lands. This enemy also, without shame, after inflicting lasting, grave, and certain harm upon us and our allies and rousing our mighty and terrible wrath, cowers behind schools, hospitals, mosques, synagogues, churches, and other places that have a large supply of human shields because they do not have the guts to fight us out in the open on the battlefield.