Offended again

You and I could write about a boy and dog taking a walk in the woods, and somebody will take umbrage at either the boy, the dog, or me. The boy should have used a leash, he should not have used a leash; the dog should have been given a vest for the cold, the dog should have gone vestless.  I should have written about a setter and not a lab, well you get the point.

People will always get offended about something. A man was talking to his wife in the checkout line at the grocery store, and people 3 aisles over took offence regarding something that was clearly none of their business.

‘Merry Christmas!’ Someone is offended. A person sneezes. ‘God bless you.’  Someone is offended.  A nativity scene  is on someones farm, and the neighbor is offended. An American flag hangs from the VFW, and somebody from the mosque complains.

I realize we have skin and not hide, but we get thin-skinned quickly, and far too easily offended. ‘In many things we offend all,’ and no doubt somebody will take offense at this innocuous post.

Bill Maher and Glenn Beck give their opinions, 50 per cent are offended.  Your opinions are not an invasion into my mind, its solely up to me whether I ask those opinions to take up residence in my home.   Mr. Maher says some things that would tip the scale of egregiousness, but I know his type, and he does not offend me. I know where he ‘lives.’  I lived there too.

People have pre-fabricated fences in their minds, created by their own bias, and when anybody gets too close to that fence, the built-in alarm sounds its alert that a trespasser is dangerously near, and may damage a few boards.  The defense is a simple rally to protect a viewpoint.  OFFENDED …..beep beep OFFENDED.   Step away from the fence!

Bring up sports,  listen to Charles Barkley, and somebody is offended at his candor. Michael Savage gives his opinion on another culture, and he is banned in Britain. People simply took offence at a point of view they were not comfortable with. God forbid a man have an opinion and give it clearly.

Enter a spiritual dynamic into the mix, and the offence just tripled.

Don’t even get me started with the ‘offence of the cross.’  Will you defend the honor of God and his Christ? Will you stand idly by when the Lord is blasphemed? We think way too much of ourselves to get offended so easily, yet we ignore when the Lord is defamed. It appears a close look at Calvary should put the offences in the correct context.

Yea, maybe that’s the better discussion, What offends God, and how does He react today.  I’m thinkin’ that grace is a clue.  Come to think of it, its kind of like an age of grace, and it is well over 2,000 yrs old.

Yes there are legitimate times when we mistakenly hurt someone, and the offence is real,  or when we are wronged,  but I’m speaking of the Heinz 57 garden variety where everyone is offended, and everything is offensive.

 Don’t expect me however to acquiesce  your amusement when you want me to approve your pernicious ways when you mock the Lord of glory..

How about this for a compromise: I’m sorry you are offended, but I am not sorry for the truth that offends you.   😉

(btw   As to the American flag? Yes, that someone would complain, now THAT is offensive)

For more of this idea, take a look at this:   https://thenakedtruth2.wordpress.com/2013/05/28/you-are-offended-too-bad/

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40 Responses to Offended again

  1. Wally Fry says:

    What would it take to get you started on The Offense the Cross? Talk about who could have been offended. Nobody has pulled my beard, spit on me, run a spear through me or crucified me lately right?

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    • ColorStorm says:

      Well brother, as you know, THIS offence has been proven to be alive and well, as the most recent dialog has shown with they who mock the God of heaven and
      His word. It is the cross and the Christ of God who offends.

      You, I, we who carry the banner, are just targets of man’s wrath. And per your reminder, this is nothing compared to what the Lord endured. As a matter of fact, there is no comparison……..

      For this was only a prelude to He who was MADE sin,

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  3. Ah yes, the world is just full of people desperate to be offended by something. Given how many offensive things there are in the world today, the task of properly offending people grows more and more difficult, but somebody has to do it 😉

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    • ColorStorm says:

      Ah you get the prize for the day:

      ‘How to properly offend someone……………………..’ Where’s the bell?
      You and I do this all the time; all it takes is to say ‘in the beginning God,’ bam, someone is offended and the gloves are off.

      Still better to be the offendEE, then the offendOR.

      Ok, now your prize- a free word 😉

      –stentorian– if its not in your archives, get it, store it, and have a new friend for life (not easy to use in a sentence, but when ufind the place, its awesome)

      If it is already, Hooray- (it probably is)
      no returns!

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  4. archaeopteryx1 says:

    Here’s an Xmas present for you and yours, CS – I hope it doesn’t offend you —

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  5. SLIMJIM says:

    Our generation is so easily offended

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    • ColorStorm says:

      True Jim, but the things we have just cause to be offended, we let slide.

      Btw, your comment went to spam for some reason. You know there is no moderation, so, just a fluke I suppose.

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      • SLIMJIM says:

        I notice many of my comments going on moderation in people’s blog for some reason. I think it began when a friend told me he accidently clicked on his phone that my comment was “spam;” that occurred yesterday.

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  6. Great post! We are too easily offended and offense is a tool that causes division! Sometimes it seems people are looking for things to be offended by and when they find it they respond defiantly, with an “I dare you” attitude – sheesh, get over it!
    Yes the cross IS offensive to some, narrow is the way…
    Thanks for writing!!

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  7. uju says:

    “People have pre-fabricated fences in their minds, created by their own bias, and when anybody gets too close to that fence, the built-in alarm sounds its alert that a trespasser is dangerously near, and may damage a few boards. The defense is a simple rally to protect a viewpoint. OFFENDED …..beep beep OFFENDED. Step away from the fence!”

    Aptly put!! Sometimes I wonder why we get all touchy about these things, but then I realize it’s because opinions of others offend our fundamentals.
    And we don’t want our ancient landmarks moved.

    Something else we could ask ourselves is this: What is truth?
    When you think about it, it’s pretty much relative. Our truths are colored by our individual fundamentals again, and that’s difficult to let go of.

    I’ll simply advocate learning to deal with one another better, and the regular detachment too. People will get pissed by my opinions everyday, whether I deliver them in a kind or harsh way; but being kind about it helps.

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    • ColorStorm says:

      Well stated,
      ‘In a kind way,’ always the best policy, IF possible 😉

      Tkx for popping by,
      come back!

      (There is a post ‘What is truth?’ btw)

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    • archaeopteryx1 says:

      People will get pissed by my opinions everyday” – I can’t imagine that happening, Ujuh – how have you been? How are things in Nigeria?

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      • uju says:

        Hi Arch. I’ve been good, and Nigeria is as politically and economically unstable as ever. Prepping for the holidays 🙂
        Trust you’ve been good too.

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        • archaeopteryx1 says:

          So you’re saying Nigeria is still very Nigerian. Sigh – and the US is still very American – whaddaya gonna do –?

          Trust you’ve been good too.
          Oh, come on – you know me better than that! That’s why you like me so much!

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        • archaeopteryx1 says:

          You know as well as I do, I’m the kind of guy your mother warned you about.

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    • tildeb says:

      uju writes about our ‘fundamentals’ and asks What is truth? When you think about it, it’s pretty much relative.

      If what’s true is dependent on these different ‘fundamentals’ that are assumed to be true then you get a very wide variety of what is ‘true’ based on the people that hold it to be so. This is exactly what faith-based beliefs produce: thousands upon thousands of various ‘truths’. But does this kind of usage of the term ‘truth’ with so much variation serve the definition of the term itself, namely something in accordance with fact and reality?

      No.

      Water, H2O, boils at sea level at 100 C. This is the kind of ‘fact’ that remains true for thee, me, and anyone who boils water. There is no variation. This is evidence-adduced and not faith-based belief about the reality we share and it is a method that works to provide a much closer model of what the term ‘truth’ means about reality itself.. And this matter if we want to make causal claims about reality and how it operates and by what agencies.

      Faith-based belief is a method guaranteed to produce whatever ‘truth’ the person wishes to impose on reality but there is no means to connect the ‘truth’ to reality except through that person… based on that person’s ‘fundamentals’ as you say. What is being produced using faith-based belief is not an accurate and reflective explanation about reality; it is a method to reflect the person’s ‘fundamentals’ imposed on it. What is produced is only ‘true’ only so far as a descriptor about the assumptions and assertions brought by the person, And this is no way to investigate reality (which is why the method has never, does not, and never shall produce one jot or tittle of knowledge about reality). More importantly, it’s no way to justify holding confidence in causal claims about reality that rely on faith-based beliefs of the person making these claims.

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      • ColorStorm says:

        Well, do talk about the water.

        You can do all the experiments you want, and you should, Where are you getting the water from? Where is the source?

        True faith does not fear science. Take a look at my page on ‘scientists who believe,’ and look at their achievements for starters.

        And by the way, how is it that this word ‘water’ is universally recognized, and who is credited with naming it? Yes, this is a question for science.

        Tkx for visiting.

        (Did u read about Pilate who asked ‘what is truth,’ and the answer that was NOT given? I suggested why: ‘The truth about what?’

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        • archaeopteryx1 says:

          Did u read about Pilate who asked ‘what is truth,’” – I read that an anonymous author, who wasn’t there, writing 40-70 years after the alleged event, SAID that Pilot asked “What is truth.” Is that what you’re referring to?

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        • ColorStorm says:

          ark ark ark-

          What is truth? a fine question, I agree.

          Where were you when the seas were created?
          (be honest now)

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        • archaeopteryx1 says:

          The seas were never created, they formed naturally. Hey, you asked me to be honest.

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        • ColorStorm says:

          Yes, honesty is good. Then again, there is a way that SEEMS to be right…

          Soooooooo, arK, this thing called ‘seas……,’ glad you mentioned it.

          How is it, that the gathering of waters is called ‘seas,’ and WHO gets credit for this genius of a word to describe such a phenomenon?

          Yes, you may use a thousand ‘phone a friends.’

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        • archaeopteryx1 says:

          How is it, that the gathering of waters is called ‘seas,’ and WHO gets credit for this genius of a word to describe such a phenomenon?

          My Uncle Fred.
          (Ask a stupid question, expect a stupid answer.)

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        • ColorStorm says:

          I arcH-

          You are showing a deficit in common sense. If somebody asked you ‘who named you?’ there is an answer.

          So u never heard of naming rights?

          The correct answer leaves an inescapable conclusion, and it is easy to see why you would resort to avoiding the inevitable. 😉

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        • archaeopteryx1 says:

          You’re being even more foolish than usual. “Seas” is an English word, “mare” means “seas” in Latin, “mar” in Spanish – no one knows who first coined the word in any of those languages. Who first invented the word, “color”? No one exactly records such things.

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        • ColorStorm says:

          Of course arcH-

          Obviously it’s English, and in Hebrew, Greek, Chinese it’s different. But it means the same thing. You are missing the point.

          I’m talking of the SOURCE of the word, which it clearly has.

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        • archaeopteryx1 says:

          That could well be because you’re not making any sense, as usual.

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  8. truthcube says:

    Oh my goodness! So true! The Gospel must get out despite offense.

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