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Why Arenít Christians Allowed to be Offended?
Set Our Children Free ^ | 12/12/12 | Tony Caruso

Posted on 12/12/2012 6:14:58 AM PST by Guido2012

Why aren’t Christians allowed to be offended? We’re reminded of this issue every year at this time as we observe the War on Christmas. And this sensitivity to offense doesn’t stop with Christmas.

Why is it that we’re required to be silent while the gay agenda, feminism, multiculturalism, radical environmentalism, and globalism are deified and taught to our children, while the Christian worldview is vilified by the same government officials?

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TOPICS: Current Events; Religion & Culture; Religion & Politics; Religion & Science
KEYWORDS: christians; christmas; culturewars; multiculturalism; offended; radicalleft; schools; trends
Why aren’t Christians allowed to be offended? Everyone else is allowed to be offended, particularly if they are a member of a politically correct group, i.e., everyone other than whites, conservatives, Republicans, or Christians. And of course the nature and legitimacy of the offense is only allowed to be defined by those allegedly offended, not by the intent of the offending party. We’re reminded of this issue every year at this time as we observe the War on Christmas. An atheist will see a public religious symbol of some kind and get “offended.” They file a complaint, and then one the taxpayer funded organizations gets involved and tries to bully or file suit against the offending party – usually a school district or government agency. We call these taxpayer funded organizations because they get a lot of funding from the legal settlements they get from harassing taxpayer supported institutions. And even though 78% of Americans identify themselves as Christians (Gallup poll), and 76% think Christmas should be about Jesus, not Santa Claus (Rasmussen poll), we have to fight this battle each year to determine whether we’ll have a normal Christmas or a secular one. I, for one, am tired of cities, states, and schools having to justify celebrating a Christmas tradition that has been embedded in our culture for centuries. I am offended by schools that put on “Holiday” concerts, and have the kids sing only sanitized, non-Christian songs, as if Christmas was only about Santa Claus, gifts, trees, snow, and winter. The last couple of music teachers I confronted over this told me that the schools have to be careful, which of course is cowardly and not true. Christmas is a federal holiday, and can legally be celebrated for what it is, and always has been! If a few people feel offended over this tradition, they are welcome to move to a country with a different culture instead of trying to change ours by making ridiculous claims that our celebrations are unconstitutional.

And this sensitivity to offense doesn’t stop with Christmas. Prayer, Bible reading, crosses and other religious displays of any kind have been targeted repeatedly by those organizations longing to secularize our schools and our society. And when they can’t identify any actual religious symbols, they make them up anyway. Case in point is the ruling by a judge that the “Choose Life” license plate in North Carolina is unconstitutional even though that same plate was acceptable to the Florida Supreme Court, and the plate has nothing to do with religion. The problem is that the vast majority of these court challenges are legally without merit, yet they cost the taxpayer millions to defend, making it easier for local governments to just cave in to the bullying instead of fighting. Another example is the fanatical fight over keeping the theory of evolution as the de facto religion of our public schools. Any attempt to introduce factual scientific information into this debate, or even point out the obvious, glaring flaws with this theory, is met with maniacal, fortress-like resistance. This kind of insanity takes place, mind you, despite the complete absence of any religious motive, although proponents of evolution will always say that a religious motive is implied. All that’s needed to put these secularists over the edge is an attempt to put the theory of evolution under the lens of real science, and allow students to make up their own mind.

So why can’t Christians play this “offense” game. Why can’t we be offended at the garbage that public schools shove down our kids’ throats? Why can’t take we offense at governments that recognize gay marriage and make us subsidize benefits for these couples? Why can’t we be offended that the sex we see on TV is always illicit, recreational, and almost never within the bounds of a loving marriage? Why can’t we be offended at no-fault divorce laws that violate the Biblical view of marriage, and undermine the sacred vows that are the foundation of our society? Why can’t we be offended, like the Muslims, when our religion is held in scorn and demeaned by the Hollywood elite? Why aren’t we allowed to be offended when the killing of unborn children is called choice, and was legalized by a few unelected judges on the basis of lies, instead of sober deliberation by an elected legislature based on the facts? Why can’t we be offended when those same judges call pornography free speech? Why can’t we be offended when our churches and businesses are forced to offer insurance coverage that violates our religion? Why is it that we’re required to be silent while the gay agenda, feminism, multiculturalism, radical environmentalism, and globalism are deified and taught to our children, while the Christian worldview is vilified by the same government officials? Why can’t we be offended when private companies force us to silently comply with these same policies or be fired? The truth is that we as Christians are bombarded by all of these things every single day we live in this nation – a nation ironically founded by those who held a Christian worldview and crafted a Constitution based on those views. Those Founders would no longer recognize how completely that grand document has now been illegally rendered moot, without going through the amendment process, by those that hold a secular worldview.

When we don’t like the filth we see on TV, we’re told, “Just change the channel.” Why can’t we give the same advice to atheists - to ignore what they see and hear during a Christmas program, or an invocation at a football game, or a prayer at a board meeting? If Christians are supposed to overlook all of the cultural attacks on our religion by the secularists, why can’t the secularists ignore a manger scene or a 30 second prayer now and then? They can’t, because their hatred of us reminds them of the God whose standards they reject. Yet, they delight in offending us because they feel that our religion teaches that we should just accept persecution as a way of life without complaining. They are wrong. While we are to love those that hate us, the Bible also teaches that we are to be the salt of the earth. Without us, our nation would be a very bitter, dark place, full of the kind of violence and immorality not seen since Sodom and Gomorrah. We need to be engaged in our culture and fight for the rights enumerated in our Constitution – a document written by men who didn’t hesitate to fight for those same rights, especially, and most particularly, because they were God-given.

1 posted on 12/12/2012 6:15:08 AM PST by Guido2012
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To: Guido2012

Darn good question.

I would say, training. Unfortunately.


2 posted on 12/12/2012 6:19:34 AM PST by Cringing Negativism Network
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To: Guido2012

‘Cuz we’re supposed to turn the other cheek.


3 posted on 12/12/2012 6:22:45 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Guido2012

I’m offended by long, unreadable paragraphs.

(Joking, kind of). :-)


4 posted on 12/12/2012 6:24:53 AM PST by Larry Lucido
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

Political correctness was designed to do just that. Demonize all that is good.


5 posted on 12/12/2012 6:25:58 AM PST by bigtoona
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To: Guido2012

It happens because the Christians let the offended get away with it, and say nothing about, or go on the defense, or refuse to fight back, or try to placate or reason with the offended. Hate to tell all of you, no matter what you do, their will always be a minority of people who are offended about something, so stop kowtowing to them, and if they don’t like it, the majority says tough shit, get over it.


6 posted on 12/12/2012 6:25:58 AM PST by factoryrat (We are the producers, the creators. Grow it, mine it, build it.)
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To: Guido2012
Because we're perceived to be very narrow minded and judgemental.
7 posted on 12/12/2012 6:29:53 AM PST by Huskrrrr
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To: Guido2012
If you believe you have a firm grip of the Truth, how can you be offended when someone denies or tries to otherwise insult it?

It's their loss, not yours.

8 posted on 12/12/2012 6:30:03 AM PST by RoosterRedux (He will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

That could be a mistranslation of the original, compounded by a misunderstanding of context. After much prayer and thought I’ve decided self-defense comes first.


9 posted on 12/12/2012 6:31:44 AM PST by muawiyah
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To: factoryrat

The doctrines of Ahemsa were not originally in Christianity ~ they arrived in maybe the 4th or 5th centuries.


10 posted on 12/12/2012 6:32:52 AM PST by muawiyah
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To: afraidfortherepublic
‘Cuz we’re supposed to turn the other cheek.

This does not mean the LOWER cheeks. A little righteous anger from time to time is entirely justified, when it is coached in Old Testament terms, eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth kind of thing. It is one thing to forgive another for a momentary blaze of anger and lashing out in fury, another thing altogether when the other is maliciously and repeatedly landing blows upon you, thinking you are simply a punching bag.

Something like bringing a bigger gun to a gun fight.
11 posted on 12/12/2012 6:34:35 AM PST by alloysteel (Bronco Bama - the cowboy who whooped up and widened the stampede.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
‘Cuz we’re supposed to turn the other cheek.

Very succinctly put.

The prevailing wisdom is that the Koran admonishes its followers to not allow any kind of slight. So it's not their fault - they're just adhering to their religion, you insensitive clod. The Holy Bible, however, is viewed to admonish us to, as you said, turn the other cheek, love thy neighbor, and pretty much sit back and take it in the nards.
12 posted on 12/12/2012 6:37:45 AM PST by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: Guido2012

I think it’s written somewhere in the Obamacare legislation...only the President can be offended.


13 posted on 12/12/2012 6:44:40 AM PST by O6ret
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To: Guido2012

I think it’s written somewhere in the Obamacare legislation...only the President or other liberals can be offended.


14 posted on 12/12/2012 6:45:19 AM PST by O6ret
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To: andyk
The Holy Bible, however, is viewed to admonish us to, as you said, turn the other cheek, love thy neighbor, and pretty much sit back and take it in the nards.

It's time for Christians to become Old Testament-style warriors and stop turning the other cheek.

15 posted on 12/12/2012 6:50:39 AM PST by Fiji Hill (Io Triumphe!)
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To: Fiji Hill
It's time for Christians to become Old Testament-style warriors and stop turning the other cheek.

As I was typing that post, I started to think the same thing!
16 posted on 12/12/2012 6:56:56 AM PST by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: Guido2012

The reason we can not change it is because the 78 percent who claim Christianity as their faith may regard it as nothing more than a social club or an ideal.

People can hold to an ideal even if they think it is a fairy tale.

Once a year or even once a week is not what being Christian is all about.

Christians still have a right to go to the polls and vote for who they think can best run the country for the benefit of their own welfare and that is just what they did in November.

Could the actual percent of Christians be 10 percent instead of 78?

Look for it to get worse, it will.


17 posted on 12/12/2012 7:03:49 AM PST by ravenwolf
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To: Guido2012

The most liberating sermon I ever heard pointed out that the act of turning one’s check when being slapped in public would have the effect of humiliating the one who hit the victim. So would humbly handing one’s remaining garment to the thief who demanded one’s coat. Likewise walking another mile would be humiliating to the abuser, if done in public.
Notice also these acts are all one on one interactions, and not the behavior of one group to another or worse yet, one nation to another.
Nowhere does Jesus ever advise an entire nation to allow another to roll over it out of humility.
In respense to attacks on Christians we need to start using the word “Christophobia” consistently whenever Christianity is attacked.
Anti-Christian bigotry is Christophia and the Bible does not say we can’t call it what it is.


18 posted on 12/12/2012 7:07:20 AM PST by Wiser now (Socialism does not eliminate poverty, it guarantees it.)
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To: RoosterRedux

I believe your statement speaks to why some groups are perpetually offended - homosexual & abortion-on-demand activists for example. On at least some level, they know what they claim to believe isn’t true (homosexuality is normal, healthy, on-par w/hetero relationships; women have the right to control their own bodies, it’s not a human being, only a fetus) but they want to continue anyway. People who disagree might bring the truth to the forefront of their minds, instead of allowing them to keep it buried and ignored.


19 posted on 12/12/2012 7:20:47 AM PST by a.c.t.32
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To: Guido2012

It seems to me that Christian men have for some time now been encouraged by a large and growing segment of contemporary Christian culture to be...pussies. Many go along with it quite happily because they are quavering approval seekers at heart—it’s easy to be a wimp. It has something to do with the increasing feminization of the church, I think. As the churches become more feminized, and thus liberal, males become more passive and marginal and the strength and vigor they once added to church life fade away. If you’re really offended, then be offended and don’t hide it or make apologies for it—more Jesus kicking ass in the temple and less Mr. Milquetoast looking for permission to have an opinion is what is called for. Manliness is not a sin, nor is fighting when it’s time to fight. And as you make so clear, it’s long past time for Christians to fight. Yes turn the other cheek, but when they slap you again, it’s time to kick ass.


20 posted on 12/12/2012 7:22:00 AM PST by Trod Upon (A personal readiness for war is the strongest surety of peace.)
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To: Guido2012

Christians are NOT forbidden to be offended. They agree to accept these offenses, but no one — including the Almighty — “requires” it.

There’s absolutely nothing to stop them from rising in outrage at the blatant discrimination and hatred directed at them. All they have to do is refuse to remain silent any longer.


21 posted on 12/12/2012 7:25:13 AM PST by IronJack (=)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

But Christians are offended and there are plenty of people protesting against the offenses. What kind of permission is required?


22 posted on 12/12/2012 7:33:32 AM PST by stuartcr ("Everything happens as God wants it to, otherwise, things would be different.")
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To: ravenwolf

I flat tell “Christians” I have run across that vote for dims they are not Christians.


23 posted on 12/12/2012 7:34:11 AM PST by Resolute Conservative
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To: Cringing Negativism Network
Why aren’t Christians allowed to be offended?

Some of the basics set Christians up to becoming punching bags.

Muhammed started a religion 700 years after Christianity, and knew these naive weaknesses could be exploited, Islam takes advantage of them.

To one who strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also, and from one who takes away your cloak do not withhold your tunic either.

“But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.”

24 posted on 12/12/2012 7:38:52 AM PST by Capt. Tom
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To: ravenwolf
The reason we can not change it is because the 78 percent who claim Christianity as their faith may regard it as nothing more than a social club or an ideal [...]Could the actual percent of Christians be 10 percent instead of 78?

You hit the nail on the head! I would also add a failure to lead by pastors, priests, rabbis... Every election year I try to get my pastor to say more than "vote the Book". The ignorance of some people is amazing. I have been asked by other church members "isn't Al Gore pro-life?" or "do you really think that Democrats support gay marriage?" If I was a pastor, I would make 100% sure that my flock knew what was at stake in an election. And I don't mean fiscal cliff, entitlements... I would show them what "vote the Book" means in practical terms. Alas, I am a woman, so I am restricted to running my mouth in my Sunday School class.

25 posted on 12/12/2012 7:40:44 AM PST by Former Fetus (Saved by grace through faith)
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To: andyk

When asked What Would Jesus Do remember,
freaking out and turning over tables is an option.


26 posted on 12/12/2012 7:41:50 AM PST by American in Israel (A wise man's heart directs him to the right, but the foolish mans heart directs him toward the left.)
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To: Wiser now

Excellent point. Putting a negative label on a belief has the effect of demonizing the belief system. When Christians were labeled “homophobic” the media took the term and ran with it. I think we need to start using the term “Christophobia”


27 posted on 12/12/2012 7:50:26 AM PST by Guido2012
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To: Fiji Hill

It is time for Christianity that names its foes, calls them Evil, crushes them utterly in the name of God, and then goes to church to sing a Te Deum.
A Christianity that has no hesitation to use the word “Crusade” and Christian who are proud to be called “Crusaders.”


28 posted on 12/12/2012 7:52:53 AM PST by Little Ray (Get back to work. Your urban masters need their EBTs refilled.)
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To: Trod Upon

Amen!


29 posted on 12/12/2012 7:53:07 AM PST by Guido2012
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To: Guido2012

The reason is that Christians are unwilling to put up sufficient money to defend against these lawsuits. If we all put in a dollar a week per family member toward the defense of Christianity we would have more money available to defend than the organization causing the lawsuit. A Texas man withdrew his suit against a Christmas display this week because the state of Texas Attorney General said he would join the suit with the county being sued. If we are prepared to defend financially we will win each time. We also have to counter sue the atheistic organizations to get them to stop. Finally we have to get the laws changed so that the loser pays the legal fees of both parties to the lawsuit. When the ACLU and the Freedom from Religion organizations start to lose they will stop this foolishess.


30 posted on 12/12/2012 7:59:19 AM PST by enotheisen (CMSGT USAF Ret)
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To: Former Fetus

The ignorance of some people is amazing. I have been asked by other church members “isn’t Al Gore pro-life?” or “do you really think that Democrats support gay marriage?”


I understand, i have no church as it seems in every church people have daughters who are unwed mothers or sons who are gay but i use tobacco and that is a no,no.

Alas, I am a woman, so I am restricted to running my mouth in my Sunday School class.


Not an alas, be proud of being a woman, we need more real women.


31 posted on 12/12/2012 8:50:54 AM PST by ravenwolf
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To: Resolute Conservative

I flat tell “Christians” I have run across that vote for dims they are not Christians.


Yep, i know it is hard not tell them the truth, maybe it helps and maybe it don,t.

I have a sister who i told that Christianity could not live side by side with socialism, she no longer claims to be a Christian.


32 posted on 12/12/2012 9:00:35 AM PST by ravenwolf
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To: ravenwolf

Yikes for her.


33 posted on 12/12/2012 9:12:15 AM PST by Resolute Conservative
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To: Guido2012
Matthew 11:6

And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.

34 posted on 12/12/2012 9:20:13 AM PST by bmwcyle (We have gone over the cliff and we are about to hit the bottom)
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To: andyk

Why reach back to the Old Testament? The Crusaders were warriors, too.


35 posted on 12/12/2012 9:41:18 AM PST by Mach9
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To: Little Ray
It is time for Christianity that names its foes, calls them Evil, crushes them utterly in the name of God, and then goes to church to sing a Te Deum.
A Christianity that has no hesitation to use the word “Crusade” and Christian who are proud to be called “Crusaders.”
I have read a fiery Gospel writ in burnished rows of steel;
"As ye deal with My contemners, so with you My grace shall deal";
Let the Hero, born of woman, crush the serpent with His heel,
Since God is marching on.

--from "The Battle Hymn of the Republic"


36 posted on 12/12/2012 2:20:10 PM PST by Fiji Hill (Io Triumphe!)
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To: Fiji Hill

I am Southerner, but that song starts my heart pounding!


37 posted on 12/13/2012 9:23:05 AM PST by Little Ray (Get back to work. Your urban masters need their EBTs refilled.)
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To: Guido2012

Every time you open our jaws and offer the Gospel of Grace, you are probably going to offend most now days. However, the Lord tells us to offer it regardless. He does not give us license to go out and offend just to offend or to use foul language and such or accuse. Remember, He has laid down the rules for such. They remain sin in His eyes. You can still offer the truth without attempting to offend someone on purpose.


38 posted on 12/13/2012 9:26:49 AM PST by RetiredArmy (1 Cor 15: 50-54 & 1 Thess 4: 13-17. That about covers it.)
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To: alloysteel

.....Even Jesus got angry and did “house cleaning” by cleaning out the Jewish temple in Jerusalem, not once, but twice.


39 posted on 12/14/2012 4:42:23 AM PST by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: Capt. Tom

“Why aren’t Christians allowed to be offended?
Some of the basics set Christians up to becoming punching bags.

Muhammed started a religion 700 years after Christianity, and knew these naive weaknesses could be exploited, Islam takes advantage of them.

To one who strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also, and from one who takes away your cloak do not withhold your tunic either.

“But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.”

....Yet it was a CHRISTIAN SAINT, Augustine who penned what has become “the just war theory”.


40 posted on 12/14/2012 4:50:19 AM PST by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: ravenwolf

The attacks on the active Christians over the course of time, very much end up “planting seeds” of renewed faith in the hearts of those who are “weak” or the “lukewarm.”


41 posted on 12/14/2012 4:59:21 AM PST by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: Biggirl

The attacks on the active Christians over the course of time, very much end up “planting seeds” of renewed faith in the hearts of those who are “weak” or the “lukewarm.”


That is right, it will strengthen them and it will weed out the unbelievers.


42 posted on 12/14/2012 7:28:59 AM PST by ravenwolf
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