Have you ever heard the phrase “be careful what you say”? Our world is full of the who political correct mindset. It isn’t politically correct to talk about Jesus Christ. It isn’t politically correct to say that Jesus is the only way to be saved. If you talk to the wrong person you would be seen as “intolerant” and “unloving.” When the same-sex marriage was approved and I posted on Facebook that I believe marriage is between a man and a women , I have a firestorm of hate filled comments. They didn’t pay attention to the rest of the post about how even though I don’t believe that and why I don’t, I still respect the choices that others have made. I had many private messages about what I said from Christians. Most of the comments were about how they agreed with me, but they didn’t want to say anything because it was easier to say nothing since it isn’t politically correct. Hence, many Christians have found it easiest to just say nothing.
Political correctness (PC) is defined as “a term that describes language, ideas, policies, and behavior seen as seeking to minimize social and institutional offense in occupational, gender, racial, cultural, sexual orientation, religious belief, disability, and age-related contexts.
- Philippians 3:20–21 , But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself.
I have been doing a lot of thinking lately. One of the things I have been thinking about in the term, “politically correct”. This is one of those areas I have a hard time with. It seems as if we are to be tolerant of all things and all people. The word, “tolerant” use to mean that we much put up with people and ideas even when we don’t agree. The meaning of “tolerant” now means at we must tolerate all faiths, lifestyles, moral values and all things that people say or do are equal. If we aren’t tolerent, then that makes a person “intolerant” when it comes to those around us.
As a Christian and a believer in Christ, it makes me wonder where this leaves me since I am a Christian. I believe that all people have a choice and free will. But, this doesn’t mean I should be “tolerant” and accept those things that do not line up with what the Bible says. Jesus said, ” Jesus said, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me’ (John 14:6).
According to the world, the term “tolerance” would make those who are Christian “intolerant”. All you have to do is turn on the news to see what I am talking about. The media are in part guilty of defining ‘intolerance’. I can’t even count how many times people will post things on Facebook or in the news where people will say that we all serve the same God or no God at all. All beliefs and faiths are equal and we need to love and accept people for who ever they are. I have no problems with loving each other since we are told to love one another. But, there is no way I would consider my faith and my God as being the same God that many believe in. More and more there is an ever-increasing ‘intolerance’ towards Christians.
I use to think that we should all come together and be united. When it comes to putting my faith and trust in Jesus Christ, I don’t feel like I should be affiliated with groups and even some churches that feel like we should tolerate and love each other, no matter what they believe. I believe that we should be teaching those around us and raising our children and grandchild to love and embrace people, but that doesn’t mean we need to embrace all beliefs if they aren’t lined up with what God’s Word says. There will be times when we will be hated and seen as being intolerant or no politically correct, but we must still speak the truth and showing those around us that they are loved.
While it is difficult to share our faith in a world that is filled with hatred , we must continue to speak the truth. We must humbly pursue truth. It may be difficult to speak the truth in today’s climate, but Jesus said
- “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have,” he added, “But do this with gentleness and respect” (1 Peter 3:15).
As I watch events unfolding, I have no problems seeing that the worlds views are against what God has said. A few days my pastor went to Cedar City to pray for people and to preach to those who may not go to church. So, he brought the church to them. It is important to get the word out. As Christians it is our responsibility to educate those around us.
There will come a day when it will be against the law to admit you are a Christian. My daughter Jessica and I were talking about how the world is turning against God. Eventually we could be imprisoned for doing what Pastor Ray is doing. Eventually it will be against the law for me to blog about Jesus Christ. If we lived in one of the third world countries like Iraq and other countries, we would be killed because we are Christians.
It is apparent to me that Christians and non-Christians are accepting of all groups in the name of unity. We should be united in some things, but when it comes to faith in God, I won’t be a part of activities that goes on in my town or in the world that is not Biblically correct. I don’t care how politically correct it may be. What God says should be the guidelines for all of our behavior and decisions. Even if it isn’t politically correct. I am more worried about pleasing God then pleasing the world. As a Christian, I have chosen God’s truth of popular opinion.
Our pastors and Christian leaders should be reaching out and reminding people who we belong to God and that He loves us. When I hear pastors or church leaders say that we have to tolerate all faiths, I can’t do that. I know a few pastors who are into the whole please people instead of God. Don’t get me wrong, I am sure they know what the Bible says. But when they have their own personal agenda and they believe that all faiths are equal, I have issues with that. I would think that God would have issues with the whole, “we must unite” or we must tolerate all people. Ummmm, I would think He would and is upset over the things going on.
As I was watching the video that Pastor Ray shared, I couldn’t help but wonder about when was the last time I shared the Gospel with those that aren’t going to church. I was talking to one of the ladies at my church about some of the things and sermons Pastor Ray shares and we discussed how some goes to church because that’s what they do. They have always done it, but they don’t know why. It is actually pretty sad. I do my best each day to share the Gospel with others. Usually it is through social media or through this blog. I am willing to bet that there aren’t many that goes to church in a building will put themselves into situations that would make them seem intolerant to others.
I actually enjoy witnessing and I would love it if there was a service on Weds evenings where there is a time to share testimonies and to focus on prayer at church. When I was younger, we had a Wednesday evening service. It wasn’t like our regular Sunday service. I would say that most of it was on prayer.We had alters to pray at and those who couldn’t pray on their knees would come to the front pews and pray there. People would pray out loud if they chose to. There was times of sharing our testimonies or offering praise. Now, I am getting off topic, sorry about that. My mind got distracted. 🙂
While I was working at Lins, I always wore a cross on my apron. Lins is a grocery store and I was a cashier. My line was the sappy line since people were always crying. The customers knew I was Christian and they would come to me when they checked out to see if I would pray for them. There was a time when one lady was weeping because her dad had cancer. A gentleman that was behind her told me that I shouldn’t be doing that because it isn’t “politically correct”. He also told me he was/is an atheist. After he was done, I let him know that I have no problem that I am NOT politically correct and that I would pray for his heart to open up. I got the look on that one. I was shocked he didn’t complain, lol.
The reason I bring that up is that is because not everyone has the gift of sharing the Gospel like Pastor Ray and not all people witness the way I do. But there is always times when you can talk to others. If you don’t have the words to speak, you can share the Gospel and love of Jesus Christ by living your life in a way where people will know that you are a believer in Christ. Sometimes actions speaks louder than words.
Since we live in a world where Christians are killed and hated, we need to be careful about what we say and do. But, we also need to realize that we don’t need to worry about being “politically correct” or “tolerant”. We should be intolerant about things that are not pleasing to God. Each and everyday there are opportunities to witness to others about Jesus Christ.
In closing I just want to say that it is politically incorrect to let people know that Jesus Christ is the only way to be saved and He is the truth, and the life. Only Jesus can change lives. Only Jesus can change our love for one another and change our hearts.
- For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value. The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love (Galatians 5:6).
The church now days are in a bit of a quandry. Christians are not only told, but they are commanded to be the salt and the light. Christians are commanded to be salt and light in society . These are things that Christians must do in a loving, caring and not being judgemental. Jesus made sure to always love people when we told the truth. Because of what Jesus instucted Christians to do, it is percieved as being “politically incorrect” and “intolerant”.
- Matthew 5:13-16. “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven