Monday, Mar 07, 2016

Political Correctness in the Church

Are you guilty?

Guard your heart above all else, for it determines
the course of your life.” ~ Proverbs 4:23

Political correctness has infiltrated the Church to the point that timidity, embarrassment, and fear of telling others about Jesus has become epidemic.

Stop Sign Asking For The End Of Political Correctness

Here are some excuses we make for our deceptive thinking:

  • Religion is a private matter in which I should not interfere.
  • If I talk about Jesus, I’ll be considered a wacko or a fanatic.
  • Things are going well at work, so I don’t want to rock the boat by mentioning I’m a Christian. Nowadays, it could even cost me my life.
  • This person has been my friend for years. If I mention Jesus, the friendship could end.
  • My family members don’t want to hear about Jesus, so why annoy them?

Each of these excuses is founded on a lie. Let’s examine those lies.

  • Lie #1: Religion may be a private matter, but it is not only a private matter. What people believe affects an entire society. Just look at what’s happening in America because our country has taken God out of our culture.
  • Lie #2: Yes, we may come across as wackos or fanatics. But consider what Jesus said: Fearing people is a dangerous trap, but trusting the LORD means safety (Proverbs 29:25 NLT). Are we going to fear man or are we going to fear God?
  • Lie #3: I can’t risk losing my job—or my reputation—by telling my co-workers about Jesus. Surely God understands. Really? Consider this: But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 10:33 KJV). Are we willing to forfeit Heaven because we are afraid of what others might think of us on earth?
  • Lie #4: My friend and I never talk politics or religion, and I want to keep it that way. Otherwise, I could lose the friendship. Consider this: If we really love our friends, we will be concerned about their eternal salvation. To refuse to tell our friends about Jesus is selfish and reveals a lack of genuine love for them.
  • Lie #5: The same reasoning applies to our family members. A Christian man I know (whom I will call Ted) lost his brother. After his brother died, Ted suffered great anguish knowing that his brother was very likely in hell because Ted had never spoken to him about Jesus. Ted vowed he would spend the rest of his days testifying to others about their need to accept Christ as Savior and Lord.

What about you? Are you sharing the greatest message in the universe with those in your circle of influence? If not, repent now. Then begin telling those whom God places in your path the glorious news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Let us always keep in mind Paul’s mandate to Timothy: “Preach the word of God. Be prepared, whether the time is favorable or not” (2 Timothy 4:2).

Copyright 2016 by MaryAnn Diorio, PhD, MFA. All Rights Reserved. This article may not be reprinted in any form without the written permission of the author.



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5 thoughts on “Political Correctness in the Church

  1. Great topic, MaryAnn and one that is very current, too. I tell everyone about my faith and beliefs, and I have been teased and worse. It has even become more apparent with the political aura surrounding us right now; anger reigns everywhere.
    Thank you for these words of comfort and understanding.

    • Thank you for your comments, dear Sujen. Thank you also for standing strong in the midst of persecution. You are a powerful example to believers everywhere.



  2. I agree with your conclusions, MaryAnn. It gives me pause when I hear believers say they’d stand up to persecution, but are afraid to share their hearts with friends and family. If we can’t handle disagreement and mocking, how will we deal with anything more severe? Thanks for your post. I’ll be linking to it on Friday, April 8th. God bless, Susan (I also tweeted.)

    • Thank you so very much for your valued comment, Susan. You make an outstanding point about standing up to persecution.

      May the boldness of Christ within us be manifested in us as the days grow increasingly perilous.

      Blessings to you, my friend. Thank you for the link on April 8th. 🙂