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Offend – To be displeasing or disagreeable to

April 10, 2007

It seems like every time I turn on the news these days someone is crying about being offended. I’m so tired of hearing about everyone being offended. I’m offended by listening to how offended everyone else is. I’m seriously wondering what ever happened to free speech in this great country of ours. Don’t we each have the right to express our own opinions, even if someone else might not like what we have to say? Of course you know that I’m talking about this Don Imus issue. Let me be the first to say that I don’t agree with his views. I think he should be ashamed of himself for saying what he did. I bet his mother, if she’s still alive (if not, God rest her soul), is ashamed of him for saying what he did. And I think that citizens should not listen to his radio show if they don’t want another helping of that kind of viewpoint. But at the end of the day, isn’t that just what he was doing? Expressing his own viewpoint?

Since when do we as a nation get in some kind of an uproar over someone exercising his right to free speech? I find it crazy that the Jesse Jacksons of the world can use this little soundbyte and turn it into World War III and yet, if we would dare to censor Jesse himself, I guarantee he’d be screaming for his own freedom of speech. What’s up with that? I’m tired of what’s good for the goose NOT being good for the gander. I’m tired of hearing folks scream about their own rights when they’re busy infringing upon the rights of others. Most of all, I’m disgusted that the groups that are screaming the loudest aren’t the groups that stand for morality and truth.

I was thinking, as I was listening to the diatribe on the news this morning, that the people who do stand for morality and truth in this country are never on the news. We don’t make our voices heard. What did we do while those who were offended by prayer in school took away our right to do so? What did we do while those who were offended by groups like ours presenting a united front in the elections took away our tax exempt status if we talked about politics at all? What did we do while those who were offended by creationism pushed for teaching evolution in schools as scientific fact? We didn’t do much, I’ll tell you that. We talked about it. We worried about it. We might even have complained about it a little. But we didn’t do much to change it, did we?

Now I stand, just as much as the next guy (or gal), for kindness, gentleness, patience, and self-control. But newsflash folks, being a Christian person isn’t always sweetness and light. Sometimes it means we get offended. Sometimes it means we stand up for ourselves. Sometimes it means we make our voices heard over all of those others who are offended by our point of view. Sometimes it means we offend others. That’s what absolute truth does.

We have the right to free speech, just like everyone else in this nation. We have the right to practice our religion freely, just like everyone else in this nation. We have the right to stand up for our beliefs, just like everyone else in this nation. Why are we letting everyone else in this nation take it away from us at the same time that they’re making sure we don’t infringe on them?

Where have we been? When will it be time for the sleeping giant to awaken? When we will stop being afraid to offend, and start being afraid of the turn things have taken? When we will start being in the news for the impact we’re making and the stand we’re taking, instead of just watching drivel like Jesse and Don, Donald and Rosie, Bill and Hillary? When will we stop worrying about displeasing, about appearing disagreeable, about offending?

When will we start worrying more about forever and less about today?

When will we start caring enough to take action?

“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” (Edmund Burke)

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Christine permalink
    April 10, 2007 6:51 pm

    Wooo! Preach on sister! But…what was wrong with what Imus said (I didn’t hear much…other than the nappy haired girls comment). And, if they DO have nappy hair, isn’t he just stating a fact?

  2. Lynda permalink
    April 11, 2007 10:39 am

    It seems that somehow many of us who believe in Biblical meekness translated that to weakness and have gotten just what we ordered with our lack of response.

  3. April 11, 2007 5:13 pm

    Lynda – very eloquently stated. I don’t believe I’ve ever thought specifically about the meekness/weakness thing, but I wholeheartedly agree with you!

  4. April 16, 2007 10:37 am

    Well said. Who said you couldn’t blog???

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