Ministry Among the Easily Offended
I'm in the middle of reading David Dark's new book "The Sacredness of Questioning Everything" and was totally intrigued by a chapter where he focusses in on our cultural predisposition to "being offended." Immediately faces emerged of church members and attenders over the years who were marked by their ability to be easily offended and instantly angry. Their spirituality was marked by a demand to have you be in agreement with them about a couple of banner issues: often political, economic, or social. The easily offended found it hard to maintain a conversation where their ideas were questioned or disagreed with. When that happened, the anger switch was flipped and opponents were dismissed as unworthy of future conversation or even love.
W. H Auden said "One thing, and one thing only, is serious: loving one's neighbor as one's self."