quite routinely misinterpreted. It is NOT a demand for some kind of mindless pacifism. It is a counsel to not get all wrapped around the axel at what is seen as an unfair (but non-mortal) demand. Christ’s examples are not very violent. It is NOT a requirement to not defend yourself. I mean, there’s a reason Christ told his followers to go buy swords right before the crucifixion (Luke 22:36,) and this was clearly not an anomaly because the Apostles shortly afterward asked if they should now resist and attack (v. 38 and 49). THEY certainly understood what the deal was.
In fact, turning the cheek may be a direct repudiation of the insult–not accepting it but turning it away. Even so, it is clear to me that we are counseled to not “resist evil”–don’t hold a grudge and don’t seek revenge. Others may “fill the measure” of their bad behavior. But revenge will destroy you. Vengeance is NOT yours–you are not up to it. Let the Lord take care of it–He is far wiser than you are. YOU are not the judge, jury, and executioner. That is NOT your role, and you try and usurp it at your moral peril.
That is very good relationship advice still today. But it is NOT and endorsement of pacifism–that is a very different thing than what Christ preached. That is just a modern, Lefty bastardization. I think ALL thinking people should reject that facile and self-serving nonsense.