as innocent as doves [do no harm]

“I am sending you out like sheep among wolves [lookalike with different intentions]. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes [be as knowledgeable as you can be about them] and as innocent as doves [do no harm].” (Matthew 10:16)
 
In short, be aware, but do not resist.
 
“But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also.” (Matthew 5:39)
 
Having been slapped on the right cheek, you should now have a general idea of what a slap on the other cheek should feel like.
 
A slap is figurative for a dishonorable but yet not life-threatening act. Support anything in resemblance of a slap in the face. Do not retaliate. If you should flee and you can flee, flee.
 
Resistance calls for more ammo toward you. It calls for more persecution, more oppression, more unnecessary attention.
 
Christians tend to complain to the government about entitlements tied to religious freedom. But if there’s anything we should be mostly concerned of are opportunities to share and live the gospel, not so much about slaps in the face. A slap in the face is a bad weather. Eventually, it goes away.
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