Sunday, November 20, 2011

"Hey, I wouldn't Want to Offend Anyone"

Another favorite line for not 'upsetting the apple cart' so to speak. Not wanting to be singled out as 'non-tolerant' or even judgmental and maybe even "what makes you so holier than thou" category.

"I wouldn't want to offend anyone"

I must admit, I've ducked under this transparent cover myself...shamefully. Maybe you're in a conversation with someone or in a group of people, at work or at a get-together with friends or family and someone says something that is counter to your faith, opposite to the teachings of the church.

Do you say something? Should you wait for someone else to respond to the fallacy?. Maybe if you just pretend to not hear the it.

How about when you're having dinner at a restaurant and you want to say grace before the meal  but you're afraid to sign yourself before you murmur a very quite blessing.

You don't want to offend anyone...

Here's a nice little article that addresses this thought.

The Consequences of the "I Don't Want to Offend" Mindset  

 Over lunch this week with a long-time client, the blessing I said at the beginning of the meal was the catalyst for an interesting conversation (as it has been with so many others in the past).  This human resources executive smiled as I made the sign of the cross at the end and said, “Well, I don’t see this every day.  I can’t remember the last time I said a blessing over a meal at a business lunch.”  Once again, the simple act of saying a blessing over a meal in public was prompting a conversation about faith in the public square and I must admit that I eagerly jumped right in!

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