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Think about the last time you were offended.

Think about the emotions you felt. Anger, resentment, displeasure, hurt..
At times it seems the whole world is offended by something or someone. It is increasingly difficult to have an open, honest conversation without someone being offended. We invite the whole world into our conversations through social media, and we’re offended when someone disagrees with our point of view.
Allow me to share a few points that offend me and mostly likely will offend someone else in the process.
I am offended by those who demand tolerance through intolerance.
I am offended by those who demand justice through injustice. (See doing the right thing the wrong way, right cause, wrong response)
I am offended by those who demand racial equality and promote racial shaming.
I am offended by those who demand separation of religion and state, but are more than willing to unleash the state to prohibit the free exercise and expression of religion.
I am offended by those who demand freedom of speech unless it disagrees with their freedom of speech.
I am offended by those who justify the murder of a defenseless baby as a person’s right. I am offended that the baby has no rights.
No matter which side you take in all of these issues, someone is sure to be offended .Most points of offense however are based on preference, how we want it to be, not always how it should be.
But who is right, who is wrong and how do we determine the difference? In the dictionary one definition of offense is identified as a sin, a crime.
Sin always involves people, crime always involves people. Whether it is breaking the law that challenges and rebels against authority, or the impact of our sinful nature that causes us to harm others.
God is offended by sin.
Offended by sin that kills, steals, and destroys that lead to actions that are morally and legally crimes. Sin that affects our world and harms us in ways that were never meant to be.
Biblical principles direct us away from the affliction of self, offence, and point us to “others” and their welfare “love your neighbor like you love yourself”. And at the end of it all the only true offense worth considering are those things that offend God.


“Now at last they were beginning chapter One of the great story no one on earth has read: which goes on forever”. I love this line at the end of the Last Battle by C.S. Lewis. Everyone has a story to tell and ultimately we are all part of a greater story that someday will be revealed in full. “ For now, we can only see a dim and blurry picture of things”. ( 1 Corinthians 13:12). My story is not remarkable, although the events I have had the privilege in my life to witness have been. I grew up in the south “the land of cotton” and the old times there were definitely not forgotten. I remember where I was and what I was doing when JFK and Martin Luther King were murdered in Dallas and in Memphis. I remember the Civil Rights movement, a time of great unrest and change. I remember the dawning of the “Age of Aquarius” in the late 1960’s. It was also the dawning of my love for playing music, a love that has stayed with me throughout my life. If my life were chapters in a book one would tell of my precious bride of 20+ years who endured so much and stood beside me through the good and the bad. One would describe the blessings of being a father and a grandfather. One would tell about how despite being “the wretch” the song sings about God was able to change me, and use me to make a difference in others lives, make me a servant in His church, and surround me with friends all because of His goodness. All part of a story that has had many twists and turns. I think of the words Jimmy Buffet wrote in one of my favorite songs "As a dreamer of dreams and a travelin’ man I have chalked up many a mile Read dozens of books about heroes and crooks And I learned much from both of their styles" And so it is true for me. But in all of my travels and all I have read and experienced nothing compares to where I am headed. The place where my story here ends and the story that goes on forever begins! "" I am confident that He who began a good work in you will carry it on until completion until the day He returns". Philippians 1:6 My hope is that as we all run our race that in some small way my words will encourage and speak to you, as your story is being written. And draw you ever closer to the One who loves you. Further up and further in!
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