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/