I’ve had a couple of situations recently where I have offended someone while preaching or telling jokes. Itsone of the single most frustrating aspects of being a guest speaker. Mostly because in both cases the person did not want to speak with me about the offense, but instead wanted to go behind my back to talk about it. One person when confronted would not even acknowledge me. In the non-church world this is to be expected because you can do, say, or think what you want, but in the church world its not biblical. In an effort to be more spiritual, holier, or hold to a higher standard these people actually do the opposite by not speaking to the offender. In the world if you offend you’re just a jerk, but to some in the church if you offend you’re going to hell. That is sadly what Sister D and her leader did.
My plea is to rest in the grace of God. If you are often offended ask yourself why you judge so harshly. What satisfaction does it provide when you complain about someone without actually engaging that person in conversation? Perhaps the moment of relief is in the satisfaction that you’re better than someone else. My satisfaction is in knowing none of us are as perfect as Christ.