Is it possible for one to exercise one’s freedom of expression without offending anyone? I would like to think that it is. But like freedom itself it seems that we, in our sinful state, tend to gravitate more towards that which is harmful, useless and plain evil than that which is good, which is the result of sacrifice and selflessness, prayer and fasting. Patience.
Ah, but then there are those who quite simply take this abuse of freedom too far. In which case, I’m afraid it is not merely a weakness or a failing to express that which is noble. Rather, it seems as if it is nothing but a firm commitment to glorify freedom for the mere sake of freedom with no regard to responsibility.
As was pointed out in another post, there are things which we shan’t make fun of or pervert for they are things which are set aside, that is, they are holy. One would conclude that it is in respecting this dictum that we respect freedom itself. After all, freedom is not something that we fought for and thereby earned. Instead, it has been given to us by God. It’s a gift and as such deserves our respect. Moreover, it is something which we ought to cherish and defend, not flaunt or abuse. For, that same freedom which we use for our salvation can just as easily be used for our demise.
These thoughts came to me this morning upon reading about a play which took place in conjunction with the Glasgay! arts festival “a celebration of Scotland’s gay, bi-sexual and transsexual culture.” In the play Jesus was depicted as being a transsexual woman!?! Actually, it was more of a reaction to a statement made by the producer:
“Glasgay! supports the right to freedom of expression and offers audiences a diverse view of LGBT life.
“This work is not intended to incite or offend anyone of any belief system. However, we respect your right to disagree with that opinion.”
Not intended to offend? Well, what, pray tell, is the intention then?
“Don’t set foot on the path of the wicked….For they can’t sleep unless they have done evil; they are robbed of sleep unless they make someone stumble” (Proverbs 4:14,16).
See story here.