Puritan Board Professor
Right you are, Tim. That would be a whole other matter.
At this time I was pastoring a church. I also sought the Lord about my preparing a defensive response. My thought was to hit him hard enough to knock him out and make him think twice about his coming after me again. I also thought that I could possibly kill him, or at the least hospitalize him – and this would surely make the local papers, and in a small country as I was in, the news would go country-wide: "Evangelical pastor hospitalizes (or kills) Greek citizen visiting the island (of Cyprus)."
Thanks for this example. But this story may not address the original post, since the post was about having one's life threatened. It sounds like you decided that your life would not be threatened in such a scenario. It it never would have been appropriate to respond with deadly force if you didn't think your life was at stake.
We have to be careful to not let our mindset of "we can meet lethal force with lethal force" influence our much less deadly encounters and prompt us to seek to "hold our ground" with our friends and colleagues by returning unkindness for unkindness, insult for insult.