Politically Correct

What does it mean to be politically correct? Merriam-Webster defines it as: conforming to a belief that language and practices which could offend political sensibilities (as in matters of sex or race) should be eliminated.

So, in everything political, we should be aware not to offend anyone due to our beliefs but we should conform to the ever-changing majority. What?? I don’t know about you, but my life revolves around my beliefs and my political views are derived from those beliefs, so how can I conform to a political stance in order to not offend someone whose beliefs differ from my own? Sorry, I guess I will never be a politically correct person, because I will always do my very best to not conform to this world. Romans 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

Jesus was the example of not being politically correct. He told it like he saw it and offended many leaders. Luke 11:38-45: When the Pharisee saw it, he marveled that He had not first washed before dinner. Then the Lord said to him, “Now you Pharisees make the outside of the cup and dish clean, but your inward part is full of greed and wickedness. Foolish ones! Did not He who made the outside make the inside also? But rather give alms of such things as you have; then indeed all things are clean to you. But woe to you Pharisees! For you tithe mint and rue and all manner of herbs, and pass by justice and the love of God. These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone. Woe to you Pharisees! For you love the best seats in the synagogues and greetings in the marketplaces. Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like graves which are not seen, and the men who walk over them are not aware of them.” Then one of the lawyers answered and said to Him, “Teacher, by saying these things, You reproach us also.” 

Clearly, Jesus didn’t hold back and He certainly didn’t conform to what they expected out of Him in order to not offend them. He told them the truth and they were offended. Interestingly enough, it didn’t turn into an all out brawl, but it did help to motivate the leaders to start planning how to “get rid of Jesus”.

Here’s what I think. I agree that everyone has the individual right to believe and behave how they see fit. I agree that chopping other people down by belittling them is wrong, however, I also believe that it is our responsibility to discern what is ungodly to help guide others who may need that guidance. It is not our place to shove it down others’ throats, but to offer the correction and wait for them to receive it. It is their choice to either receive it or deny it, and we are not to be offended by them if they should deny it. The problem comes when they are offended by our correction and we aren’t strong enough to stand up for what we believe.

Jesus died for the truth. The strength He had was given directly by God, Who offers us that same strength, if only we will receive it. We do not have to conform in order to “survive”. Survival is relative when you think of it, because all anyone in this world can do is kill our flesh. No one can destroy our spirits, only God Himself. So, we have a choice. Do we stand up for Jesus and risk losing our earthly bodies? Or do we strive for worldly acceptance by being politically correct and lose our souls?

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