It would be a good thing if Christians could get over their Pollyanna complex. We get this way in our concepts of evangelism and outreach. It is the basic foundation for the idea that we can make our worship less threatening and more appealing to the world. We see all kinds of churches and sincere believers who think that if they can just be nice enough and not offend their neighbors, the sinners will repent and come running to Jesus. Others think that if we could just explain the gospel in simple, positive words then people would turn toward the cross.
It doesn’t work that way. Paul makes a couple of statements in I Corinthians that should give you an idea.
(1 Corinthians 1:18 KJV) For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.The cross means that we are sinners in need of a savior. We live in a culture that teaches that we are wonderful and it is the structures of society that are the problem. To them we don’t need a personal savior we need a reformation in society so that we can reach our full potential. When you live for Jesus, you are an offense to there sense of self-righteousness.
(1 Corinthians 1:23 KJV) But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness;
So? The world hates you. Some may feel it more mildly but you are still an abomination to them. And, yes, the word is as bad as you think it is.