I’m blogging quotes from the book Unoffendable by Brant Hansen (2015), currently on offer at £1.99 from Amazon (Kindle version). You can purchase it or find more details here.
Some ideas from Chapter 5:
- Jesus knows the human heart. And so should we, so we can give up being shocked and adjust our expectations accordingly.
- Jesus encountered one moral mess after another, and He was never taken aback by anyone’s morality. Ever. I can’t find any stories (maybe you can find one?) where Jesus sees an immoral person and says anything like, “Wow! Okay. Well, that really is disgusting. That really is too much.”
- I hear this so often: “I can’t believe my mum did this,” or “I can’t believe my sister would . . .” And I ask, “Really? You can’t believe it?” I’m not the smartest guy in the world, but I propose that we shouldn’t be shocked and amazed if someone who does that thing . . . you know . . . does that thing again. So how about taking this idea to all of our experience: You really can’t believe politicians would lie? You can’t believe a preacher would cheat on his wife? You can’t believe someone would try to steal from you? You can’t believe a neighbor would set off fireworks at 2: 00 a.m.? You can’t believe a world leader would tyrannize his own people? Are we going to live in perpetual shock at the nature of man?
- I’m not shocked anymore. I want to be like Jesus: “No one needed to tell him what mankind is really like” (John 2: 25 NLT).
- ‘I can’t believe how crazy these people are . . .’ I’ve had to adjust my expectations and stop being offended. Look, you have free will, and you can be perpetually shocked and offended. But be honest: Isn’t it sort of exhausting?
From Hansen, Brant (2015-04-14). Unoffendable: How Just One Change Can Make All of Life Better (Chapter 5). Thomas Nelson. Kindle Edition. You can purchase it or find more details here.