Beware Lest Your Offense Makes You Look Like a Total Moron

By Patrick Hawthorne


Moron – noun (From Google Search Engine)

Informal – a stupid person.

synonyms: fool, idiot, ass, blockhead, dunce, dolt, ignoramus, imbecile, cretin, dullard, simpleton, clod; More



I wanted to shout out, “You dunderhead!  Just shut up!”  But alas, I could not because I was in a meeting between the boss and the employee who had become offended.   I will not entertain the nature of the offense other than to say that the offended, who is usually well poised and articulate, went gumby in the head and made all kinds of unsubstantiated accusations that were proven point by point to be wrong.  What happened?  The employee allowed offense to override sound judgment.

Proverbs 18:19 – “A brother offended is harder to win than a strong city, and contentions are like the bars of a castle.”

Prior to the meeting, I tried on numerous occasions to get the offended to slow down and think through exactly what had made them mad.  Yet, no matter what I said, the person was blinded by their offense.  Offense had become a prison of this persons own making and the walls were too strongly fortified for my words to make any difference.

Proverbs 12:16 says, “A fool’s wrath is known at once…”  Why is this?  It is because a fool – one who despises wisdom and sound counsel – will shout their foolishness from the mountain tops.  If you don’t believe me, just turn on the television and watch many of the Hollywood air heads in action.  Most need only open their mouths to prove the level of their stupidity.

We have all been there.  We have all walked the walk of the dunderhead.  And, it always ends the same for the born again child of God.  We kick ourselves and say, “Stupid…stupid…stupid.  If I had only kept my mouth shut!”

Take joy.  There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit (Romans 8:1).  Repent, let it go, and learn.  Eventually, if we allow the Holy Spirit to lead us, we will thicken our skin and learn to let love rule and the rest roll off of our backs.  Be blessed.

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3 comments on “Beware Lest Your Offense Makes You Look Like a Total Moron
  1. Amen. Taking offense, and taking everything personally is such a problem in our culture right now. 2018, the year we learned how to be offended by EVERYTHING.


  2. SLIMJIM says:

    I love this: “Offense had become a prison of this persons own making and the walls were too strongly fortified for my words to make any difference.”

    Liked by 1 person

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