08 Jun “Was Jesus Politically Correct?”
What is political correctness? Currently, political correctness is a big buzz word. In basic terms in means: Never, ever, take an extreme viewpoint. Don’t insult any group of people who might be socially disadvantaged or discriminated against.
Taken at face value, the concept of political correctness is a good thing. If being politically correct means that we treat people of different backgrounds with respect and do not stereotype them based on their race or gender, then it is, in fact, very biblical. However, the political correctness movement is designed to intimidate people into using language that has been pre-approved. Political correctness tends to be completely focused on human sensitivity and self-esteem. When you focus on human sensitivity and self, you eliminate God from your life.
When people begin to apply modern day values to God’s Word and to historical facts, we wade into sinning against God. When new “Bibles” appear that take out gender, (Is God a He? Perhaps Jesus was a homosexual.) and other such pack of lies, we are in trouble!
“Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage — with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths,” (2 Timothy 4:2-4) warned Paul.
Jesus did not sugar coat His message because the Jewish elite might be offended. He was not willing to change God’s message because some might feel left out. Consider such terms as “Hypocrite”used in this verse: “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you cleanse the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of extortion and self indulgence.” Mt, 23:25 NKJV. If you read Matthew 23, you will find Jesus never backed down from wrongdoing, especially when it appeared to be for the sake of looking good in the eyes of others.
Politically correct? No! Jesus very boldly proclaimed: “I Am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No man comes to the Father except through Me.” John 14:6
We must love people regardless of their political viewpoints or life styles. However, I boldly rise to the occasion to say, “If Jesus spoke it, I believe it. If a truth is proclaimed in God’s Word, then I refuse to follow any other path, but what Jesus spoke and believed.”
Don’t let current political correctness keep you from declaring and living what Jesus spoke and lived.