Are you offended?

Everyone is offended.

Indian (sorry, I meant to say Native American) names on sports teams.

Men who identify as women not being allowed to use women’s restrooms or locker rooms.

LGBT, did I forget Q?  Will we ever be able to paint a rainbow without it being an LGBT symbol?

Christians, Muslims, Democrats, Republicans, Hollywood, Liberals, Conservatives, Men, Women, Children, Adults, Blacks, Whites, Southerners, Hispanics, Orientals (that’s right – that’s what we used to call Asians), Halloween, Christmas, Easter.   Everyone is offended.  Were you offended by the order that I wrote the list?

When Barack Obama ran for President, none of the comedians were permitted to make jokes about him because it was racially offensive.  I guess we got over that in 8 years because every night there is a joke about Dr. Carson.  Is it because he is a conservative black and not a liberal or did we get over joking about blacks in general?  Are you offended by Dr. Carson jokes?

What are we permitted to say and what can’t we say?  The list for “can’t” is growing everyday!

I put a sign on the refrigerator at work that said “Clean up after yourself, your mom doesn’t work here”.  I was immediately attacked by an employee who was offended because her mom had died.  I said “guess what, so did mine”.  I guess I should have been offended that an employee yelled at me.

A friend told a joke about a plane crash on FB and another friend was offended because her dad had died in a plane crash 50 years ago.

We’re all OFFENDED!

Scripturally, offend is only mentioned about eight times in the whole Bible depending on what translation you use.  Some of you may be offended by people who read anything but the King James Version.  I don’t know how many times it is mentioned there because I only use NIV.

Several of those references were dealing with Old Testament rules.

Jesus offended everyone.  I can’t say he didn’t care but . . . well let’s just say he said what he wanted to and he meant what he said.  It’s tough arguing with Jesus.  Maybe you’re still offended by him – maybe you need to talk to him about that.  I’m sure he is tough enough to deal with your questions.  He’s probably heard it before.

Matthew 15:11-13 (NIV) – not KJV

11 What goes into someone’s mouth does not defile them, but what comes out of their mouth, that is what defiles them.”

12 Then the disciples came to him and asked, “Do you know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this?”

13 He replied, “Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be pulled up by the roots.

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