_Warning, warning, warning, this blog may be offensive.
I’m ‘offended’. That ‘offends’ me.
How often do we hear in the media about someone or some group making a stink about being ‘offended’? Now those who take offense even take people or organizations to court because they feel ‘offended’.
Well, now I’M OFFENDED. I’m ‘offended’ by people who think the universe revolves around them and their feelings. Why does what I believe or think make so much difference to them that they get their feelings hurt and they need to proclaim it?
I thought we grew out of that sort of childishness when we left junior high, or at the latest high school. I guess not.
It seems to me that most of those who ‘take offense’ and blast it over the media or court system have a different motive than their hurt feelings. They want to promote their point of view and degrade the other. These are the same people who cry for tolerance of their beliefs but don’t extend the same tolerance to others.
There seems to be many instances of offense from Christian symbols. Nativities, crosses, personal displays of faith. How can those who cry for tolerance be ‘offended’ by another’s expression of their beliefs?
I’m ‘offended’ by their lack of tolerance.
The ‘offended’ sometimes aren’t targeting the proper person for their offendedness (I know it’s not a real word).
There was a discussion on a news commentary program about Tim Tebow kneeling in prayer after a touchdown. One of the people said that he should not be allowed to do that because it might ‘offend’ some people. There was no thought about those who might be encouraged by it. Only those who might be ‘offended’ were considered important enough to need protection from the big bad quarterback speaking to his Lord.
I contend that it isn’t Tim Tebow who did the offensive action. It was the director of the broadcast of the game. This person decided that Tebow’s personal prayer moment be shown on live TV. If it hadn’t been no one but those near to him would have noticed. By broadcasting it the director chose to take the risk of ‘offending’ someone. But then, maybe the director wanted to ‘offend’.
We seem to have a very immature society who never grew up to realize that the universe doesn’t revolve around them. Sometimes you need to take yourself less seriously. Also, and you may want to sit down for this one, you may need to be offended to help you realize that you’ve been wrong and need to change.
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Sophie Dawson is my pen name. The real me is the wife of a farmer in western Illinois.
I have two grown sons, one of which is married to a wonderful young woman. They gave us the most wonderful granddaughter ever in November of 2010. I'm not the least bit prejudice. :)