Past the Point of Being Offended

What’s going on – two posts in one day!? 🤯

@pastorroydockery put out a video today where he speaks to the Coca-Cola “Be less white” training that seems to have a lot of people upset.

I’m not saying the training is good because I haven’t seen it but upon seeing the tips of what it takes to be “less white” I think they lay out some ideals that aren’t terrible. Like he said in the video, the title could frankly be better but it’s interesting that we shut down once the offense takes place. If you take the advice here and “listen past the point of being offended” you can pick up some real helpful tools in learning and engaging with people. I posted earlier the idea that offense is something you pick up and it’s not something that’s placed upon you. This seems like one of those times where we can give some grace to the author of the training and just try to see what they were attempting to teach.

P.S. I couldn’t see the necklace Pastor Roy was wearing – I assumed it was a dog tag? 🤷‍♂️

Stop Quoting that Verse!

“It’s not what the scripture is saying, it’s out of context. We do this to justify our own opinion and to take the judgmental and selfish bias in our own mind and impose it on other people.” 

Roy Dockery

Wooooooooo boy. I found so much of this video to be insightful and it changes my mind and approach on the verse 1 Thessalonians 5:22. Ruslan hosted a video with a few other pastors called “Stop Quoting that Verse” and this is my new favorite series on YouTube! All four of them bring great insight and open the Word in a way that’s exploratory and convicting. 

This quote stuck out at my in particular because I’ve certainly been guilty of this. There was a time when I was a “raw food vegan” – you can already see the legalism and judgement because of the “raw food” designation – and I used the Bible as the explanation for why I ate that way. Not only was the diet awful, I feel like it turned me into an awful person. Being a person who looks down on other people for their eating choices is not a healthy place to be. Using the Bible to justify it is just an extra special portion of awful on top of that. If the scriptures are being used in a prideful way, if it’s being used not in humility but to put someone in a lower position that yourself, you might need to check your own heart and why it is you’re doing what you’re doing. 

Check out the post on my site to see the video – my friend, it’ll be a hour well spent. 🙌