I’m Offended


I recently had a conversation with a girl on Facebook where she pointed out my scripture use had offended her. I politely told her that was ok. The bible is offensive.

  • When Jesus said take up your cross, I was offended because that means I have to do something. (Luke 9:23)
  • When God says He has poured out His grace I was offended because I can’t save myself (1 Timothy1:14)
  • Forgiveness offends me because I didn’t think I was doing anything wrong. (Ephesians 1:7)
  • I’m offended because the bible tells me I’m a screw up in many ways. (Romans 3:23)
  • I’m offended by telling me I have to love those I don’t want to instead of getting revenge. (Mark 12:31, Hebrews 10:30)
  • I’m offended because God won’t reveal to me his plan on when He’s returning. (Mark 13:32)
  • I’m offended I have to give the first fruits of my earning. (Malachi 3:8-10)
  • I’m offended He tells me it’s good I should meet with others. I should be able to decide who I worship with. (Hebrews 10:24-25)
  • Wait, I’m offended I’m told how I can worship.  (John 4:24)
  • I’m offended that God thinks He’s the only one that should be worshiped. (Exodus 20:3)
  • I’m offend that Jesus thinks He’s the only way. (John 14:6)
  • I’m offended that He’s supposed to be so good yet I suffer all the time. Where’s the love? (2 Thessalonians 1:6-9)
  • I’m offended by God’s ways and thoughts. They’re higher than mine. It’s not fair. (Isaiah 55:8)
  • God offends me. His book offends me. His people offend me.

Mostly all of this was how I believed before my encounter with God. Some of it still rings true. Although now I’m not so much offended as is I don’t understand His ways and thoughts.

My friend “de-friended” me on Facebook. Mainly because she is where I was. She doesn’t understand God so He is highly offensive to those who don’t know Him.


About Kevin Riner
child of grace, worshiper of Jesus, husband, father, Pastor of Village Church, author of Faith Debugged

4 Responses to I’m Offended

  1. Ted says:

    Kevin when faced with the truth many people get offended rather than face the conviction.

    • Kevin Riner says:

      A buddy of mine once put it like this: truth is a beach ball that is suppressed under water but when it surfaces you have to decide either to continue to suppress it or allow it to stay surfaced.

  2. Carla says:

    Your friend is wise. Conviction is offensive.

    Jesus said that offenses would come. (Matthew 24:10 … And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.)

    But guess what, we who have dealt with the offensiveness of Christ are blessed. (Matthew 11:6 … And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.)

    I feel sorry for this poor girl. One thing about this life that I am still learning is that offense is a choice. People don’t offend us; we just choose to let them.

    Good word Kevin!

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