MAN UP, CHURCH: A Biblical Defense for Giving Offense

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By Doug Giles

“Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under your feet, and turn again and rend you.” – Jesus Christ

There’s a massive contrast between the weighty and satirical, the masculine and hilarious modes of communication employed by the inspired biblical characters versus the whiny, saccharine, nicer-than-Christ, strained Gerber’s goo served up by evangelicalism and Catholicism’s effete clerics. Have you noticed?

If you have, does this freak you out as much as it does me? Are you disturbed by it, or is it just me? Am I the only who notices this type of preaching, writing, commentary and singing; the only one who thinks this is lame?

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As I see it, much of the clergy, the church, Christian music and Christian literature have become pathetically soft and have lost their holy punch.

If you don’t believe me, then take this little challenge: From now on when you read the scripture, pay close attention when you land on a chunk of text in which Moses, Joshua, David, Elijah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, John the Baptist, Paul or Jesus is engaged in dialogue with an idiotic idolater, a pompous Pharisee or a vacillating vixen.

Check it out. You won’t see these searing saints doling out nicety-nice stuff all day and night. Not a bit of it: they’ll be challenging, oft times ridiculing–the very ground the impenitent unbeliever or the feigned professor stands on. Not only that. You will rarely see God’s holy ones repenting of the verbal invectives they have aimed at their audience’s willful blindness.

Concerning these greatest of biblical characters, we not only see great acts of compassion toward the repentant; we also see an unapologetic verbal ‘gloves-off’ approach with someone God wants and needs His spokesman to offend.

Hey, PC police. These Holy Spirit inspired men of the Bible were godly figures of great antagonism who insisted on battling bogus belief systems and telling the truth, frequently at the expense of a person’s person.

And get this: It was God who egged His vessels on to give offense. Give it, it’s a gift.

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