Did I Offend You?…I’m Not Quite Sure I’m Sorry

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Sometimes I struggle with trying to not be offensive to people while still upholding thoughts, ways, and beliefs that are pleasing to God.

 Am I the only one?

 

For real? 

 

Dang it, I knew I thought about stuff too much!

 

Maybe it’s because I realize the weight and responsibility that comes along with being a mentor to teen girls, a youth leader at church, and a speaker of God’s word. 

 

But even before all of that, shouldn’t the weight of being a professing believer in Jesus Christ be enough to make me not care about offending people for the cause of Christ? 

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All of this began over a simple Twitter post from a friend saying she was about to listen to one of my favorite artist, Brandy’s new album, “Two Eleven.” I replied to her tweet and told her the songs that I choose to skip because I like to guard my ears.

After going back and forth joking a bit with my friend, I thought about the stranger, or even the believer who isn’t so strict on themselves, who may have read that dialogue and thought, “Is this girl serious? She’s trippin’. Those songs are dope! Why does she have to make everything so deep and spiritual?”

 

Yeah, I heard ya’ll thinking all that about me! Lol

 

Fast Forward 1 hour >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

 

Right now I’m searching for the answer by having a ping-pong type battle with some scriptures. It’s sounding something like this…

 

 My main concern should be to please God  (Colossians 3:17)

 

But I shouldn’t do anything that offends somebody else (1 Corinthians 8:13)

 

 If my own parents tell me to do something against God, I should disobey them so why should I be concerned with pleasing other people? (Luke 14:26)

 

But what about being all things to all people? (1 Corinthians 9:19-23)

 

 At the end of the day, I’m held to a higher standard because I share God’s word with people so it shouldn’t matter what people think about me. (James 3:1)

 

But there IS a way to say things without being offensive, starting fights, and turning people off to Jesus, right? (Titus 3:9)

 

But the point is not to try and make Jesus attractive…He’s more attractive without me and my flaws than He is in my mere attempts to make Him attractive. (Psalm 86:8-10)

 

See my dilemma folks?! Lol

 

Let us pray…no seriously. We’re stopping here to pray and listen, so that God will reveal the answer and remove the confusion.

 

I’ll be back to wrap this piece with ya’ll. Lata!
1 Comment
  • lady_Jones
    October 24, 2012

    I was just thinking about this earlier. How to enjoy my music without hindering my walk. Because I have realized that secular music is my weakness. Thanks for letting me know i can still listen just have to be selective.

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