I’m Offended! [ARTICLE – Ryan Covington]


“Oh, yeah? Well, I’m offended because you’re offended.”

We live in a very sensitive culture. If someone doesn’t understand us or what we’re saying or doing, that person can become offended. The moment someone voices a different point of view, people tend to be offended. In fact, far too often, people trip over and are ensnared by ideas and actions that might be only slightly different than theirs.  This happens as people voice political views, religious views, or even decorating views! I know we would all agree that letting a disagreement about paint colors in our house ensnare us–to the point that we quit producing spiritual fruit–is ridiculous. Ultimately, it doesn’t matter that I want light gray walls and someone else wants tan walls. The moment we let a conflicting idea trip us up spiritually, we have sinned.

This same struggle applies when God has a different idea than we do or does something in our life with which we don’t agree. In Matthew 11:1-6, John the Baptist is struggling with God’s plans being different than his plans. John is struggling with why God is allowing this to happen in his life.  John didn’t understand why God allowed him to be in prison. And while John is in prison, going through this hard time in his life, he sends two of his followers to ask Jesus a question. The question was, “Art thou he that should come, or do we look for another?” John is questioning if Jesus is the Messiah. This is a big deal. The moment God placed John in Elizabeth’s womb, his purpose has been to prepare the way for the Messiah. And now, because John is in prison, he wants to be offended; he is doubting and discouraged.

But… Jesus loves John and answers his question.  Jesus response was this, “Go and shew John again those things which ye do hear and see: the blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them. And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.” Jesus wants John to understand that he will be blessed if he doesn’t get tripped up and ensnared by what God allows to happen in his life.

Christian, you will be blessed if you don’t get tripped up or ensnared by the circumstances that God allows to happen in your life. I know circumstances can hurt. I know times can be fearful. I know people may disagree with you or even fight against you. I know trials of all kinds can cause confusion and doubt. However, Christian, go to Jesus in time of doubt. Reflect on all the good that God has done. And remember, “Blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.”


Ryan Covington graduated from Heartland Baptist Bible College in 2008.  He is Youth Pastor of Liberty Baptist Church in Helena, Montana, and he and his wife, Kayla, have 3 children.

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