Rimshots #12 “Offense”

Never offend people with style when you can offend them with substance. – Sam Brown, British singer, songwriter.

We Christians have reached a point where we are more worried about offending people with style, the images we project or how we present ourselves to the world, than offending people with the truth of the Gospel. This is not to say we should purposely offend people with our person, we shouldn’t. But we need to accept the fact that the Gospel, by its very nature, is an offense, and speaking it plainly and truthfully will offend, but we should still do so, plainly and truthfully.

To whom can I speak and give warning? Who will listen to me? Their ears are closed so they cannot hear. The word of the LORD is offensive to them; they find no pleasure in it. (Jeremiah 6:10)

Jews demand miraculous signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. (1 Cor. 1:23)

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