Believe it or not, there is a way to avoid offending anybody. It’s hard, very hard, but it is possible. In a hyper-sensitive world, it seems everything we say is subject to hatred and screams of outrage. I commented on this in another post, but I started wondering, is there really a way to go about life not offending anybody?
I gave it a lot of thought and finally came up with the obvious answer. The one, surefire way to avoid offending anybody and keeping peace wherever you go.
Is it love? You ask. Well, love is a subjective word these days; everybody has their own definition and they clash too often.
Is it acceptance? Once again, ideas butt heads too often to possibly accept all of them and actually live by them. After all, how to you live out both the pro-life and pro-choice lifestyles without being a hypocrite? So that’s not it.
Is it God, Mister Christian Blogger? I’d love to say yes, but as we know, God is ultra-offensive. Jesus is regarded even by non-Christians as the greatest man to ever walk the Earth, and how many enemies has he accumulated in 2,000 years?
No, the answer is even simpler than all these things. If you want to avoid giving offense to anybody in the world, you simply have to do one thing: Never let your existence be known.
Run. Hide. Crawl under a rock–or preferably a cabin in the woods. Live your days in solitude. You’ve offended people already by letting them know about you, so cut your losses and get away while you still can.
Now, isn’t that a bit extreme? You ask. Can’t we just be more respectful about our opinions? No, opinions are divisive things.
If you voice it, your enemies will call you a monster.
If you hide it, your friends will call you a coward.
If you don’t have one, they’ll both say you don’t care about anything.
That’s why voting is so tricky; you never win.
But this goes beyond your opinions. The very fact that you are alive offends somebody. If you are a man, there is a woman somewhere who wants to kill you. If you are a woman, there is a man who wants to break you. If you are somewhere in between, there is someone who thinks you are an abomination from Hell. That’s all there is to it. Simply be born and your very nature will infuriate somebody.
So if a life of complete, invisible solitude is too much for you to handle, you must accept that you will have enemies no matter what you do. Not everyone, of course, but you would be surprised how many enemies you can make just by speaking up.
So pick a life, live it, and do not hide it. If you stand, stand because you believe in it, not because someone tells you to. If you change, change because you believe it, not to win a popularity contest. Don’t let someone else decide who you are or what you believe.
Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve –Joshua 24:15