This is one of the tough situations when it comes to non-violence. But the thing is, the reason we think it’s so tough is because we’ve created a false dichotomy when it comes to dealing with situations like that.
We’ve been programmed to think that you have two options, 1) handle the situation through violence, or 2) avoid the situation through passivity. But these are both things Jesus would have been adamantly against. He, instead, taught us to take a third way.
The third way involves action without violence. We automatically think that action means violence and vice versa, but that isn’t the case. Pacifism isn’t about being passive (though they sound similar). It’s about finding a better way, one that accomplishes peace but also uses peace as the means to do so.
A man named Bruxy Cavey tells a story where one time he was walking down the street and he sees a black guy run past him. Soon after he sees a group of skin head neo-Nazis run past him too. So he figured out what was going on and ran behind them. They followed the black guy down the alley and were gathered around him, about to beat him up and maybe even kill him. Bruxy then decided to run over there, kneel in front of the black guy on the ground, and say “No! Beat me up instead! Leave him alone!”
The group of skin heads were so shocked. They didn’t know how to respond. Who was this crazy guy standing in front of this black guy? So, they decided to just leave. And that’s the perfect example of finding a better way. One that involves action, but refuses violence.
Peace can’t simply be the end goal. If it is, then it has to be the means by which it is accomplished.