I AM OFFENDED BY THAT

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Being offended seems to be the phrase of the  day in our time.  We feel we have the right to express offense at anything we don’t agree with.  It doesn’t mean we’re correct in our thinking, it has become a catch all phrase which often is an excuse for our own bad behavior or as a defense mechanism against those who take a stand which opposes us.

A while back, my husband was teaching a class in archery.  Because this. like any sport that includes a weapon, comes with rules for safety and respect for the weapon.  A woman and her three children were his students at the moment.  They were dressed in traditional  clothing from their homeland, including birqa. My husband proceeded to tell them that the clothing could be a hindrance as well as a safety issue.  He was simply stating a fact that would keep them from getting hurt.  The mother replied that she was offended by his statement.  No matter how he tried to explain the reason for his concern, she wouldn’t budge.  She became more and more belligerent.  Eventually she was so angry that she said she would leave the store and tell all her friends never to come there because they would be offended as well.

This may sound extreme and perhaps my husband’s motives were being misinterpreted, but he sincerely was concerned for their safety.  The fact that she just kept repeating the offense she had been handed may have been a lack of communication.  It may have been a language barrier.  There could’ve been any number of reasons, but it struck me as interesting that she could speak these words fluently.

When we don’t understand another’s motives – intentions – words – the best thing to do is to walk away, but this woman was creating an unnecessary scene laced with anger more than frustration.

How do we handle this seemingly unending rage?  Jesus told us to turn the other cheek.  The world tells us to defend ourselves – to fight back.  So much of our conversations today are filled with misunderstood words.  Many times we don’t even communicate face to face and words can be totally misinterpreted when written. Too often we jump to conclusions without listening to each other.  That leads to confrontation and argument and in the end, someone is going to be hurt.

Instead of going on the attack when we’re offended by something, wouldn’t it be much easier to listen first, assimilate what has been said and then react?  If this process were used, perhaps people wouldn’t be so offended.

 

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As I reach the end of my years, I find I have a lot of good information stored up in this old decrepit mind of mine. If I don't write it all down, it may vanish and no one will have the advantage of my thoughts. This is why this blog exists. I love the Lord, Jesus with all my heart and soul. I know I'm undeserving of all He's done for me, but I also know that His love is beyond my comprehension. I've always wanted to write. I never kept diaries, but tucked my thoughts in my head for future reference. I use them now in creating stories, plays, poetry and my blog. I continue to learn every day. I believe the compilation of our time spent with God will have huge affect on the way we live. I know I'm a sinner and I need a Savior. I have One through Jesus, Christ. My book, "Stages - a memoir," is about the seven stages of life from the perspective of a woman. It addresses all the things girls and women go through in life as they travel it with Jesus, and it is available on Amazon.com.
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13 Responses to I AM OFFENDED BY THAT

  1. hatrack4 says:

    If it were not for a particular atheist who became famous for being offended, this country would be totally different right now, but would it be closer to God? In a way, Not-so-Dear Madeline removed the veneer to expose the hypocrisy.

    But we didn’t get ‘offended’ when we were growing up. We got stronger.

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  2. Oh good Lord!!!!!—ok, I’ve been in court for two days now for a hearing regarding the will of Gregory’s dad who died three years ago. His older estranged sister is protesting the equal splitting of three-ways for all three children. She thinks she should have it all, but I digress and will post about that fiasco later…so my mind is really humming right now.
    It is an absolute absurdity that a safety issue of loose clothing, of which makes perfect safety sense, should be offensive to a “student”
    Hell, if I were the archer-to-be and was told I could seriously hurt myself or others due to draping clothing, you better be darn certain, I’d lose the excess bags…
    I think my head will now explode on this one.
    Ya’ll need to move states—that state of yours is out of control, just ask Rep Omar.

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  3. I think you are so right….being offended is kind of trendy right now. My very human part of my brain wonders if we should just go ahead and let people go ahead and not worry about their safety. Fortunately, or unfortunately, I just can’t do that. I would be like your husband and keep trying to make them understand it is for their good and nothing to do with their religion.
    Things are so very messed up….yes count to 1776 :).

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    • atimetoshare.me says:

      Thanks Fran. It’s especially a dilemma for those who care. As Christians we’ve been taught to love everyone including those who hate us. The devil has his feet deeply imbedded in human hearts.

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