Wednesday, March 18, 2020

An offender for a word?

A friend recently posted “The Problem With ‘Hey Guys’,” taking the “politically correct” side that often finds offense where none was intended. While Christians should not give offense when and where no principle is involved (1 Corinthians 10:32), it seems like much effort is expended fixing one small greeting that surely is not intended to be harmful, when there is plenty of real harm in the world that needs to be fixed.

Isaiah 29:21 That make a man an offender for a word,...“Inadvertently spoken, unwarily dropped, without any bad design or ill meaning; or for a word misplaced or misconstrued…” (From John Gill’s Exposition of the Entire Bible). It seems to me that we modern Americans often search in crevices just to find obscure reasons to be offended, especially reasons none would expect. If it is glorious to pass over an actual offense, surely it is also glorious to pass over it where none is intended!

Proverbs 19:11 The discretion of a man deferreth his anger; and it is his glory to pass over a transgression.

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