I had some country music playing on the radio in the car. My oldest who has no liking for the country music genre, boldly stated, “Mom, I don’t mean to offend you but I really don’t like your country music.” I laughed and didn’t bother to turn the station because I like the music and she was just going to have to deal with it.
I have heard the phrase, “I don’t mean to offend” quite a lot. In fact, it is politically correct to not offend anymore. We are so careful in how we use our words to not offend someone’s culture, race, life philosophy, sexual orientation, religion and the list goes on. We live in a world of no absolutes. Everyone for themselves and what they see right in their own eyes.
My daughter doesn’t like country music and I can appreciate that. However, I enjoy country music. She might not have wanted to offend me but she didn’t have to say that. I am confident in my taste in music. She doesn’t have to like it but I am not offended by her dislike of it.
The same can be true of my beliefs that the world defines as offensive. I live by an absolute and that is God and the scriptures. People might not agree with my beliefs and call them offensive. They can challenge me on them and they can dislike me because of them. God calls me to love them and appreciate them but I don’t have to turn my beliefs off or change the way God instructs me to believe. The Bible encourages me to be confident and stand firm. (I Corinthians 16:13-14) I have not yet found in scripture where I am not to speak the truth so that I don’t offend someone.
I refuse to NOT live out my belief in God because other people may be offended by it. It may even be politically incorrect to know what you believe and be confident in it. I might even offend some people because of my faith but I am not turning it off!