Meek and Mild?

My friend, may I ask you a question? Should Christians ever think of themselves as doormats--meek and timid souls who are dependent upon everyone else for their well-being? The Bible does not call us to be timid; it calls us to be meek? Is that the same thing?

My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.

“The meek shall inherit the earth!” If that is so, then what place has boldness in our lives? Doesn’t the Bible teach that those who are humble, full of mercy and ready to submit to the will of others will someday be rewarded with a heavenly crown? If that is so, what truly is the point to putting up a struggle? It would be far better if each of us put away the sword and took up a plow.

That might be true if all we had to worry about was ourselves. Since the focus of our lives as Christians is service to others, as disciples of Christ we are not supposed to be “bold” about ourselves. That being the case, there would be precious little time to reflect on others; we would be so busy with our own personal battles. Yet, as every farmer knows, there is a time to push a plow when the land is ready to receive the seed and there is a time to pick up a shotgun when a “varmint” threatens the chickens. Neither excludes or precedes the other. They are both important. A farmer that is too busy preparing the soil is easy prey to a predator just waiting for an opening to sneak into the hen house. A farmer that carries a rifle with him at all times will, doubtless, never get much planting done. A good farmer is mindful of both the need to plant and the need to defend.

Have you ever heard of the “Dependent Order of Really Meek and Timid Souls”? When you make an acrostic of its first letters, you have “Doormats.” The Doormats have an official insignia--a yellow caution light. Their official motto is: “The meek shall inherit the earth, if that’s OK with everybody!” The society was founded by Upton Dickson who wrote a pamphlet called Cower Power. (Swindoll, The Quest For Character, Multnomah, p. 44.)