Former Apprentice candidate, Katie Hopkins, seems to be the talk of the day and she claims that she is ‘Telling it like it is’.
Her Interviews have included controversial statements around judging a child’s social class by their first name, that it’s OK to miss your child’s birthday, that you have to be slim to get a good job and if you have tattoos, you are less likely to succeed.
And so here’s my list of my own controversial statements. Disclaimer – These are not really my views. I don’t even own a dog.
‘My dog is free to bite – Let the postman play ‘Dodge the Dog’
‘I believe it’s OK to take my Dog on Holiday and leave the Rabbit in the Kennels…’
‘One Direction Fans should be jailed’ (I’m a fan…though I’ve no posters of Harry)
Being controversial for the sake of it doesn’t really do anything but provide trashy entertainment., especially if it’s rude, unloving, offensive and hyped by the media.
But it does show the power of our words.
Words have great power. What we say can build up or put down. It can bring joy or anger. Love or hatred. When Jesus spoke, he spoke with wisdom and integrity. He spoke words of hope and faith. He also spoke words of challenge and even controversy, but Jesus spoke from a heart of love for the people he encountered.
What do you think God would say to you if he encountered you today?
Here’s a few ideas taken from the bible – I believe he still speaks these words for you today;
You are fearfully and wonderfully made. Psalm 139:14
I am not distant and angry,
but am the complete expression of love.
1 John 4:16
My plan for your future has always been filled with hope.
Because I love you with an everlasting love. Jeremiah 31:3
Take a minute to consider your response to these words.