Self-defense is a good thing to know — many women wish we possessed enough simple martial arts skill that we could tumble an assailant to the ground, whimpering.
But physically defending ourselves isn’t the only arena of importance, and even if we can’t find, or afford, a class on Jackie Chan basics, we can — and should — develop a means of protecting ourselves from the verbal, social, emotional, and manipulative attacks of others. Mental martial arts is within the grasp of all of us.
The other day I made a comment on an article about church culture, along the lines of,
“If you don’t like where you are, and no one is listening to you, then why are you staying? Pick up your checkbook and leave.”
The response was expected, another reader reproving,
“This sounds like a Lone Wolf Christian stance, advocating that people leave the fold.”
This, apparently, is the worst insult one can leverage against another Christian, and if you can handle getting it, then you can keep moving in your Christian life wherever Christ is sending you. Because sometimes, often actually, He calls us out of the chair, the pew, the seat, to walk on a very narrow path with Him.