God did not create the mess
Wow, what a mess, huh? Civil unrest, politics and global
inhumanity… it’s just everywhere.
What to do about it? Stop and consider this for a moment, when you
pray you are given audience with the One who created it all! God
did not create the mess, but He did create everyone involved - the
messy people – and boy do they need prayer!
So, how to cope?
The King James Version of the Bible has a line most other versions
do not have. As with all other discrepancies between good
versions, it’s not doctrinal, but it is interesting prophetically.
Matthew 24:10 begins “And then shall many be offended…”and the
result of that offendedness? Still, in verse ten, “…and shall
betray one another, and shall hate one another.” Sounds like
today, doesn’t it? Have people ever had so many causes in the
United States to be offended?
I cannot tell you to drop your moral guard or to tolerate all
things simply for the cause of peace. Right is right, right? But
what we can do is to stop being offended. Paul asks the church at
Corinth who were taking their battles to court and being offended
(1 Corinthians 6:7), “…why not just be wronged? Why not be
There is a teaching by Francis Frangipane on being “unoffended.”
He says that in the Christian faith, it’s not an option. You
cannot love your neighbor, love your enemy and greater than these,
you cannot love your God, with an offended heart or spirit.
Christians, we must lead the way according to Frangipane. No
matter the wrong there is no reason to counterattack. We are to
spread the truth in the Good News, God will settle any score that
needs settling. We have no reason to be offended. When we make
it about Christ the attack is not against us, but against the One
for whom we serve as ambassadors. If the attack is against us, we
have made the fight about us and need to repent of this.
But in general terms for all people, to be offended is to allow
others to dictate your emotions and by doing so, to affect your
life. To not be offended is to say you refuse to make your
purpose a response to others. You have more important things to
do than to constantly counter the naysayers in your life. You
have a point to make, a message to proclaim, that can be heralded
despite the rest of the noise.
Startle everyone! Christ instructs us on how to treat our enemies
in Luke 6, “Do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse
you, pray for those who mistreat you.” Turn the other cheek and
be unoffended. It is liberating to not carry the burden of
offence. You find yourself saying positive things and talking
about others less. Not that I have mastered this, but I have
experienced it enough to know its freedoms and its blessing on all
Make a difference. Be unoffended!