Is it my turn to be offended?
One of the major issues of our day is ‘Identity’; who do we think we are?
In recent times there has been an explosion of labels, categories of even acronyms invented to enable folk to express what they feel about themselves. Some of these are based on gender, race and even religion. We are all encouraged, sometimes quite aggressively, to accept everyone on their own terms and without question.
Mutual respect is good, but there is at least one group of people who seem to be exempt from such courtesy; people like me who believe and trust in the God of the Bible.
To suggest that we are deliberately and wonderfully made male and female in the image of God is rejected.
To suggest that there are absolute truths and lines we should not cross are refuted.
To suggest that we will one day have to stand before our Maker and give an account of our lives for many is, quite frankly, ridiculous.
Having said that, there are other religions that don’t get treated that way. Some get handled with kid gloves and much ‘treading on eggshells’ should any offence appear to be given with the threat of reprisals that can get out of hand.
One of the famous Ten Commandments states that we should not take the name of the LORD in vain, but that is exactly what happens every day, everywhere. The name of God and Jesus is banded about as a deliberate swear word, or even worse, a throw-away remark. Such behaviour would not be tolerated by others should their religious leaders or Holy Books be mocked.
So, is it my turn to be offended?
The Bible tells us to speak the truth in love and so, if you are with me on this one, may we stand up for what and who we believe in, but let’s do it well and not badly. How about lobbying those who control our media or have authority over us? On-line petitions are fine and dandy, but there is nothing like personal communication. I understand that if we write to a CEO by name or, indeed any other senior person in an organisation, then they are duty bound to respond.
I don’t know what you think about the offence of blasphemy and taking the LORD’s name in vain, but may I ask that you think very seriously about it. Thank you.
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Kind regards and every blessing
Pastor Andy Neale
Salt Church Los Alcazares
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