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Thomas More

Probably doesn't matter if we are offended or not. It is just about whether He is offended.

In our "I'm a victim" society, I think Christians get a bit caught up in how we are 'persecuted' by non-believers. To think back to earlier times, I imagine our brothers and sisters gone before would paraphrase Mr. Dundee: "That's not persecution; THAT's persecution!!"

Meaning, real persecution was horrible, brutal stuff. But people who don't know the gospel being offensive, rude, or insensitive should be expected. Complaining about this seems natural (we're all whiners at heart, aren't we?) but petty. Being so easily offended--not about the costume, but all these anti-Christian, anti-religion things in the world today--makes light of the hope of glory we have. These are momenary, light afflictions.

Plus, when you sign up for (or are drafted by) Team Jesus, you are pretty much signing on for such slights. But you are simultaneously filled with the Spirit, bringing love for those "who know not what they do" in mocking the Lord. Taking offense to mockings wasn't His response, and by His gentle response, He convinced at least one (the soldier) of who He was.

With His love, we must remember:

"Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth;
bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things."

So, I think we ought to be patient with these misguided souls and not take into account a wrong suffered.

"No, I won't be offended--but is your decision wise?"

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