Searching the Scripture for “stand your ground”

In the praise of Abel over Cain
there is no suggestion
that he should have fought back.

Jacob booked it by night
away from his brother and his father-in-law,
and the only time the old heel-snatcher
really held-on,
he wasn’t trying to deadly force that angel
but just limp away blessed.

So how did that castle doctrine
work for you, Pharaoh?

Just to be perfectly clear — hiding
under the laundry on a prostitute’s roof
is not a line in the sand.
Abigail made gourmet lunch
when she was being shaken down,
for protection money,
and Elijah did his best prophesying
on the lam with raven takeaway.

Joseph and Mary lived the duty to retreat,
and preschool in Egypt influenced their son,
who always talked this way –

go an extra mile instead of drawing
a line in the sand,
live cloak off instead of castle safe,
and, of course, after you take that second
slap upside the head,
pick up your deadly force and follow me …

to the place where we put guns down,
ears back on,

and meet our most suspicious neighbor,
carrying —
only our concealed love.

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9 Responses to Searching the Scripture for “stand your ground”

  1. Rosalie Sugrue says:

    Wow – love the imagery!

    • Maren says:

      Thank you. I wish, I wish that there were not so many of our states (46 of 50) that have stand your ground laws that justify killing someone without penalty if you think they threaten you even if you could get away. It is a terrible thing.

  2. Kris says:

    Nicely put, Maren.
    “live cloak off instead of castle safe,
    and, of course, after you take that second
    slap upside the head,
    pick up your deadly force and follow me …”

  3. cheryl says:

    I love this, Maren. Made me think about Scripture examples and re-affirms humble love.

    • Maren says:

      Thank you, Cheryl. Once I got going I could actually come up with many more examples. It was startling and yet confirming of truths we already hold dear.

  4. dabar96 says:

    The only scriptural “stand your ground” that I remember was Jesus saying, “Let the one who is without sin cast the first stone.” and peace prevailed.

    Todd

    iPhone, therefore I am… NOT!

  5. Mary Beth Mankin says:

    I love the image of our concealed weapon being love… although, hopefully it will also be revealed.

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