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Monday, September 19 2016

When you google "offended news", this is what you will find in the mainstream media:

  • National Anthem author's descendant offended at NFL players anthem protest
  • Trump supporters offended by Hillary Clinton remark
  • Italian women offended by 'Fertility Day' push to raise birth rate
  • Jonah Hill offended when a joke in an interview goes wrong

There are others and this is not the only blog that recognizes that the word offended is overused.  There may be an explanation other than people are too sensitive although that seems logical.  People have every right to be offended, but we cannot control the thoughts and actions of others.

If we truly lived by the teachings of Jesus, we would be less offended.  Jesus was rejected by those in His home town.  He was betrayed by a follower that lead to His arrest, torture and execution.  He had every right to be offended, but His response was to pray for them.

Luke 23:33 - 34

And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left.  Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.

There is another explanation that could explain everyone's hyper-sensitivity.  It is found in the teachings of Jesus.  In Matthew 24, the disciples asked, "and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?"  As Jesus taught, he spoke of wars and rumors of wars and famines among other catastrophic events.  It is in verse 10 that Jesus says something that should catch the attention of the church.  Jesus said, "And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another."

Most Christians believe that we are in the "last days" or "endtimes".  The spirit of offense that is in the world was prophesied by Jesus 2000 years ago.  We need to be careful not to allow it in the church.

 

Posted by: Pastor Robert P. Eaby, Jr. AT 01:07 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email