Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Why You Should Stop Being So Easily Offended



Due to today's political environment many are saying we are living in the last days. A fellow said he realized we are living in the last days, when Donald Trump was elected and named his motorcade limo "The Beast."

I haven't told him yet, but it looks like the beast was made and named in 2015 when Obama was president.

So because the president rides in a limo called the beast may not be a sign we are living in the last days. But I am sure about one thing occurring in society that proves we are living in the last days, it is the rise of "offence".

In Matthew 24:10, Jesus said, "And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another."

Notice the verse said "many shall be offended."

Can we say many are "offended" these days? People become offended by many things. Leaving some of us wondering what in the world is going on.

I can't begin to name some of the minor things people get offended about.

But it appears that different opinions on sexuality, politics and theology are major issues that cause people to become offended.

People actually hate you and want to destroy you if you don't agree with them.

They want to see you suffer financially or die if they are offended by your viewpoint or interpretation of events or spoken words.

This wasn't always so!

There was a time when friends and co-workers disagreed about political candidates and worldviews and could still remain friends or work together.

But now if you have a different view your friends may hate you and your boss will fire you. People may boycott your business/ product or threaten to kill you.

Seems rather beastly, that is below human intelligence and acumen to want to kill and destroy someone because they prefer one candidate over another or believes certain laws are right and certain laws are wrong.

The Mark of the Beast

Is the spirit of offense the mark of the beast? Thayer's Greek Definitions says, beast means, a wild animal, and metaphorically a brutal, bestial man, savage, ferocious.

Revengeful savagery seems to be the way many deal with offense and differences. Filled with hatred, they seek to destroy you. They want to ruin your life.

In their mind you have no right to pursue life, liberty and happiness if you disagree with them.

However, Jesus warned the disciples not to be offended (John 16:1).

Strong's Bible Dictionary says, offend means To “scandalize” to entrap, that is, trip up, figuratively stumble or entice to sin, apostasy or displeasure, (make to) offend.

It looks like an offended person falls into a trap that causes him or her to sin. The sin may be in word or deed. However, offense begins or ends with the offended party. As one may reject an offensive action if desired.

Scripture says, a cruel person troubles his own flesh (Proverbs 11:17). A cruel, beastly, savage person lives in torment, as cruelty becomes a self-afflicted wound.

Let's love God, love each other and love God's word as scripture says, "Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them." Psalm119:165 

Let's avoid being so easily offended, we can make the world a better place by doing so.

2 comments:

  1. Offence is prevalent and accepted as the norm. What I have come to learn is that satan’s strategy behind offence is to contaminate the heart. We are instructed to guard our hearts with all diligence, for from it comes the issues of life. (Proverbs 4:23) When we open the door to offence, it can result in anger, bitterness, hatred and so on. This cripples our faith which needs love in order to work. Great topic and blogpost!

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