Political Correctness Has No Part in Being a Christian

March 16, 2013 at 6:11 PM 4 comments

The more I learn about the problem of political correctness, the more I realize it has absolutely no place in the life of an authentic Christian.  None.  Zero.  Zilch.

The very nature of political correctness forces a person to often compromise what they know (or should know) is the truth.  Is this what Paul is referring to when he speaks of the darkening of a person’s mind in Romans 1:21-23?  When society comes to a point of acting, speaking, and even thinking based on a set of unwritten rules that are often juxtaposed against God and His Word, then that society has truly lost its way.  When people who claim to be Christians also get carried away by it, they bring dishonor to the Name of Christ, their alleged Lord.

We live in a world culture that is growing in its resentment to orthodox Christianity.  Those of us who believe that salvation is specifically found in and due to Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection and is only available directly through Him are becoming anathema to the world.  They don’t want to hear it.  They become inordinately angry when they hear about the need for a person to be saved through repentance and gratefully receiving salvation in Christ.

People like Brian McLaren, Tony Campolo, Rick Warren, Joel Osteen, Robert Schuller, and too many others to count or list here all talk about ways to salvation, which, to some degree, circumvent Jesus Christ.  Of course, they deny that charge, but if we can know them by what they write and say, then we can know whether or not what they teach is truth or simply another version of New Age mentality, wrapped in religious garb.

You know, Jesus made some extremely startling and even demanding statements to the people of His day that are recorded for us in Scripture.  People were literally shocked and in a few cases, shocked enough to stop following Him altogether.  More than anything, He told people that if they were unwilling to take up their crosses and follow Him, they were not worthy of Him.  At least the people of Jesus’ day had the integrity to walk away from Him when they found they could not agree with Him.

In today’s world, people don’t really stop following Him.  They simply redefine Christianity to their liking, so that it’s much more comfortable, easier to “put on” and wear so that it doesn’t chafe them.  They change what Jesus said so that His words are somehow easier to bear.  They use all manner of faulty reasoning (such as it is) to allow them to make Christianity more palatable to the masses, yet has no ability to change anyone.  It becomes seriously watered down pabulum in their hands and then they have the nerve to claim that that’s what Jesus really meant.

In the end though, Jesus placed very high demands on His followers and not long after His own ascension, that commitment was tried – literally – by fire for many Christians with Nero.  I cannot help but wonder how many Christians would go willingly to their deaths today because of their commitment to Christ?  Jesus tells us that the world hated Him and this same world will also hate us.  Yet, there are so many “Christians” living in ease and comfort, aren’t there?  They only speak of things that are “politically correct” because doing so keeps them out of trouble with the world.  While they’re trying to please the world, they have – unfortunately – rejected the Lord who has saved them.

When the world begins to circle the wagons menacingly around them, political correctness comes to their rescue!  “Well, look, we don’t want to offend people, so I’ll just keep to myself.  I’ll let my life speak for itself so that people will see Christ in me.  That is what will change them!”  Sure, why not?  Jesus just lived a life, didn’t He?  He never really said anything to people, nor did He ever really take the time to explain things.  He never got into arguments with the religious leaders and He certainly never deigned to tell the common person what they were doing wrong.  That would have been offensive.  No, He just did things that showed how much He loved people.

Well, obviously, Jesus did things for people.  He healed the sick.  He raised the dead.  He fed thousands.  Of course, the most important thing He did was to offer Himself as a propitiation for the sins of humanity.  He died a horribly brutal death, shedding His blood on our behalf, and then He rose from the dead.  His actions obviously spoke (and continue to speak) of love, didn’t they?

But He was also a man of words and too often, His words put Him at odds with the politically correct parasites of His day – the religious leaders and even the average person.  Yet, He did not pull Himself back.  He did not couch His words so that those people would not be offended.  He said what He said because it was truth!  Absolute truth, by its very nature has the ability to offend.  I am speaking of God’s truth here, not some man-made pabulum that allegedly has the crux of truth, but is nothing more than relativism that changes like the wind.

Today, we have a plethora of religious leaders who tell us lies about the Bible.  They fill their own plate filled with contemptible tidbits of what they try to pass off as truth.  Everything they say is couched in politically correct terms.  Oh no, we mustn’t say something that might offend.  That would push them away from Christ.  Would it?  Then how is it that so many were saved because they did not find the gospel offensive, yet they were told just how sinful they were in reality?  In Acts 2, Peter gives his very first sermon after the Holy Spirit rained Himself down on the 120 believers in the Upper Room.  What was the response?  While some muttered, made fun, and ridiculed, 3,000 came to know the Lord that day!  Peter held nothing back.  He let go with both barrels telling people how sinful they had been – just like their forefathers – and through unbelief, were kept from knowing God.  That was their decision, not God’s.

Yet, while the truth that Peter spoke brought 3,000 into God’s Kingdom that day, many others balked at the exact same truth!  Why?  Because they refused to acknowledge that their politically correct ways were killing them slowly, yet steadily.

When Rick Warren gave the invocation at Mr. Obama’s first inaugural event in 2008, Warren specifically used the word “Isa” in reference to Jesus during his prayer.  Why?  Because he wanted to be politically correct by including Muslims in the process.  He also wanted to be seen as a man who others could look up to and honor.  “Oh, look at Rick Warren!  He spoke of Jesus in our terms!  What a good man, Rick Warren is!”

Never mind that by using the word “Isa” to reference Jesus, Warren also lowered the nature and position of Jesus to a point below Muhammad.  This is the way Muslims think of Jesus – He is an important historical figure, but Jesus is most decidedly below Muhammad.  While Muslims certainly respect Jesus, they do not see Him nor accept Him as God the Son.  But here’s the thing:  Jesus is not asking for our respect!

Jesus asks for our all; our very life because He gave us His!  He asks and demands that we become His indentured slaves, willingly, because we love Him, not out of any sense of duty.  But too many people who call themselves Christians care more about what the world thinks about them.  Jesus isn’t physically here, walking beside them or instructing them.  The world is and so the temptation to cater to the world and cave into its demands are too much for too many.  This is so tragic, it is beyond words.

These type of Christians “do” a lot of things in Jesus’ Name, but could these individuals be the very ones that Jesus claims to never know in Matthew 7?  People who cater to the world cannot also cater to God.  When Jesus said you cannot serve God and Mammon (money), He meant exactly that.  But He also meant that when two things pull at your heart, you will give into only one of them.  A person cannot have a divided loyalty.

If you find yourself going along with the people in the world because you have somehow convinced yourself that “God will understand that I’m only trying to ‘love’ these people,” then you are, unfortunately, seriously deluded.  Where in Scripture did Jesus ever compromise with the world system?  When did He ever attempt to placate the world though doing so meant not honoring His Father?  How can we – how can I – treat Jesus in such a despicable manner?  How?

I’m not saying we go through life with a death wish, or a persecution complex of our own making.  I’m saying that Jesus was a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.  He knew what it was to be deserted by friends and family.  He knew what it mean to be threatened with death, while innocent of any and all wrongdoing.  Jesus knew the sorrow of betrayal.

Yet, in all these things, He never once gave into the temptation to please the world in order that the world might think of Him as one, swell guy!  He never gave the world the opportunity for that and this is exactly what He expects of those of us who claim to be His followers – nothing less.

We cannot compromise with the world through political correctness.  It will shut us down and destroy our testimony.  If we give into political correctness, we are saying “no” to God; no, we won’t follow you here.  No, we will not speak the truth there.  No, you are not our Lord in that situation.

Either we take our calling seriously, endeavoring in all things to live for Christ regardless of the reproach the world heaps on us because of it, or we stop telling people that we are “Christian.”  It is that simple.  Either we are for God, or we stand opposed to Him.

In the last hours of His life, Jesus was alone.  He had no one.  All had left Him and even the Father turned His back on Jesus in rejection, as the Father’s wrath poured over Jesus because He who knew no sin became sin for us (2 Corinthians 5:21).

Pick up your cross, every day.  Understand that the same world system that hated Jesus will also hate you.  If the world loves you, you are doing something terribly wrong.  Bow before Him and His majesty.  Claim Him as your King.  Put Him as Lord in every situation so that He will work in and through you to accomplish His will.

Brothers and sisters in Christ, we must pray for one another that the evil one gains no footing in our lives.  We must cast off the works of darkness (cf. Romans 13:12), of which political correctness is chief.  It masquerades as truth, while it is nothing more than lies heaped on top of lies.  Walk away from it.  Treat it as if it is the worst social disease you can imagine.

Walk in truth at every turn.  Endeavor to please Him, not the world.  If you are a Christian, then you cannot live by the thorny and deceptive rules of a politically correct world.

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4 Comments

  • 1. Sherry  |  March 18, 2013 at 8:14 PM

    Too many Christians are “loving” people right into hell.

    Please, Lord Jesus, don’t let me be one of them.

    • 2. modres  |  March 18, 2013 at 8:36 PM

      I agree, Sherry. But of course, as you imply (with your quotes around the word “loving”), they’re not really loving people. They’re actually loving themselves MORE than any supposed love for people.

  • 3. Lester  |  March 17, 2013 at 7:08 PM

    I don’t blame you for getting a little hot over the issue of political correctness! I must agree that we call a spade a spade and not back down to the Pharisees or Sadducees in today’s arena. Not to Rome or any political entity! Jesus would not and we must not also.

    • 4. modres  |  March 17, 2013 at 8:32 PM

      Thanks Lester.


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