In a world filled with more violence, it is the Christian that must demonstrate more love. Love is anti-violent. Love does not manifest with fists or hateful words.
For a bishop must be blameless, as a steward of God, not self-willed, not quick-tempered, not given to wine, not violent, not greedy for money, but hospitable, a lover of what is good, sober-minded, just, holy, self-controlled, holding fast the faithful word as he has been taught, that he may be able, by sound doctrine, both to exhort and convict convict those who contradict. Titus 1:7-9
I almost want to say SEE QUICK-TEMPERED
If you can control the temper then you can control the violence.
The word carries more meaning than just violence. It’s more like someone that gets into fights – a contentious person. One translation said a striker.
I remember the time the preacher’s son threatened me after a business meeting saying, “We’ll finish this down the road,” meaning we’ll fight about it and settle it later.
It’s going to be hard to fight if only one person shows up.
It wasn’t worth fighting for and the threat actually proved the point of the contention between us.
But violence covers the mouth of the wicked. Prov 10:6
Fists are just one way of fighting. You can also be just as contentious when you fight with words; always disagreeing and always debating.
Arguments are words with fists; punches using adjectives.
A pastor should not be violent, either way! Neither should any Christian, in my opinion.
I recall the words of Jesus,
But I tell you not to resist an evil person. But whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. Matt 5:39
The scripture is more about revenge than it is violence. I’ve heard some people say “I only have two cheeks.” I don’t see where Jesus qualified the statement.
Don’t get me wrong. I believe you should defend yourself, your family, and your property, but just because someone may do something to you does not mean you should return it with violence.
I know a man that once came to church an admitted to getting into a fight over the weekend. He was prepared to resign from his position in church. But he seemed genuinely sorrowful and repentant. All of us would not let him resign.
Now if violence was a habit with him it would have been a different decision.
Violence does not make a good witness for Jesus.