The latest trend out there is getting offended and then reporting the person, or organization, who offended you. People are rewriting our constitution because they have been offended.
I am offended nearly every day by something or someone. What about you? I see billboards that offend me. I see T.V. commercials that offend me. I hear people say things in passing that offend me. I am offended throughout much of my week.
Here is where I struggle.
Somebody hears another person praying loud enough for them to hear it and they get offended. That offense carries over sometimes so far that the offendee wants to prevent everyone from praying.
People get offended by Christians. And I am not talking about rude, disrespectful, and overbearing Christians, they offend me too.
No I am talking about those who are expressing their right to openly profess their faith in Jesus Christ in a non-abrasive manner. The Offense Police are out in full force these days ready to “handcuff” any public expression of God in a person’s life. But just the mention that you are a Christian, even if you are the nicest person on the planet, may immediately rub another person the wrong way which cause them to be offended. And somehow you are now violating their right to be free from religion. Where is that in the constitution?
The biggest aggravation I have with this is that Christians don’t stand up for themselves. I am not saying to bash the other person’s head in. I am merely talking about speaking out, speaking up, and not allowing anyone to censor us from publicly talking about our wonderful God.
I am not talking about a revolt, but I am talking about a revolution.
I am not saying throw punches, but rather speak truth.
I want to tell those people that I am offended that you are trying to take away my rights. But better than telling them is showing them that you are not going to be bullied because they have been convicted.
I firmly believe that people are convicted by the presence of Christians, and they equate that conviction to being offended, because realizing that it is a conviction means that a portion of humble pie must be digested.
Jesus Christ spoke truth and that truth convicted people. That conviction causes a person to consider two choices, to humble themselves or to be offended. Unfortunately, we are such a stubborn creation we would rather be offended than humbled.
Be careful when you feel offended. Christians are offended all the time. But in this country a person has just as much a right to denying God as we do to acknowledging him.
We can’t lobby to excuse these people’s rights to believe what they believe, but at the same time when our rights are attacked we must have a voice, we must continue to remain unashamed of our Lord and Savior. We must not back down from the right we have to pray out loud, sing out loud, and serve out loud in the name of Jesus Christ.
“Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven.” – Matthew 10:32
“Whoever is ashamed of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.” – Luke 9:26
Don’t be ashamed, and still love those who are get offended by your love for Jesus. Don’t be bullied. And if you offended someone and you know absolutely 100% for sure you did nothing or said nothing that should have offended them, the LAST thing you should do is apologize for loving Jesus.