For the last several decades of my life, I have realized that our perceived form of human dignity holds up long enough until real and primal evil appears on the doorstep of our home wanting to bring harm and death. At that point, all our arguments and perceived dignity move into a survival mode.
That survival mode doesn’t seem to line up with our pre-conditioned responses when we are faced with the consideration of such evil. All our isolated responses that we use to fortify our comfortable conversations go out the door along with our assumptions. Remember, this is a real and primal form of evil that is ready to shed blood.
In the United States and in our geographic isolation, we have developed some dismissive ways of thinking that move us away from the real issue when facing primal evil. What will we do if evil kicks down the door and brings its evil to our lives? While we are called to first-and-foremost pray, what is your next step if evil is making its way into our home? Is the next step a continued form of resolve, a pointed stick, or some kind of weapon?
Some who have read the Sermon on the Mount and whose lust and thievery still have all their body parts intact and then demand that someone turn their cheek to an approaching evil, something might need to be reconsidered. Preparing for evil is not evil itself if the intent of our preparation is to protect the innocent ones under our care.