Guard your heart above all else, for it determines
the course of your life.” ~ Proverbs 4:23
Are you a PC Christian? And I don’t mean one who uses a Personal Computer. 🙂
I’m talking about Political Correctness. The Online Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines political correctness as follows:
- agreeing with the idea that people should be careful not to use language or behave in a way that could offend a particular group of people.
- conforming to a belief that language and practices which could offend political sensibilities (as in matters of sex or race) should be eliminated.
1-Are you afraid of telling family and friends about their need to be born again because you are afraid of alienating them or of angering them or, worst of all, of losing your relationship with them? Are you afraid of sharing the Gospel with your co-workers because you may lose your job? Are you afraid of telling strangers about Jesus because they might think you’re weird? If so, listen to what the Word says about that attitude in 2 Timothy 4: 2: “Be ready to spread the word whether or not the time is right. Point out errors, warn people, and encourage them. Be very patient when you teach.”
We are commanded to spread the Word whether or not the time is right. We are to warn people and encourage them to pursue a relationship with God through Jesus Christ. How many of us are doing that every day of our lives? If not, why not?
2-Are you afraid to stand up for what is right when the whole world is against you? For example, are you speaking out against abortion, homosexuality, and transgenderism? Are you speaking out against adultery, fornication, and co-habitation before marriage? Are you speaking out against all sin, no matter what it is?
Or are you keeping your mouth shut because you’ve been deceived into believing that what other people do is none of your business? Well, it is your business. And mine. Why? Because if we allow evil to advance unrestrained in our culture, we will, in essence, allow our country to collapse. We will, in essence, be a willing and knowing participant in bringing about the downfall of civilization as we know it. We will, in essence, leave a legacy of destruction, defeat, and despair to our children and grandchildren.
3-Are you afraid of being ridiculed and called a religious fanatic? A crazy, right-wing conservative? An intolerant bigot? If you stand up for Jesus, you will be called all of those things, and more. So be prepared. Those who pride themselves on being tolerant are tolerant only as long as one agrees with their lies. If anyone disagrees with, or, worse yet, outright opposes them in their lies, their tolerance soon turns to terrorism. Eventually, it will turn to tyranny of the worst political kind. We are seeing the beginnings of this even now.
In talking about the end times–and I believe we are in them–Jesus said that many would be offended upon hearing the Gospel: “And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another” (Matthew 24: 10). So why are we surprised that this is, indeed, happening? The Cross of Christ offends all those who refuse to believe in Him. Consider what the Apostle Paul said; “If I were no longer preaching salvation through the cross of Christ, no one would be offended.”
Another term for political correctness is the fear of man. Proverbs 29: 25 says this about the fear of man: The fear of man brings a snare, but whoever trusts in and puts his confidence in the Lord will be exalted and safe. In Isaiah 51: 12, the LORD says this: “I, yes I, am the one who comforts you. So why are you afraid of mere humans, who wither like the grass and disappear?
As the days grow darker, let us remember this promise found in Psalm 118: 6: The LORD is for me, so I will have no fear. What can mere people do to me?
Purpose in your heart now that you will stand up for Jesus. Then, when persecution comes–as it surely will in one way or another–you will be prepared to face it boldly and without fear.
YOUR TURN: Have you been persecuted for your stand for Jesus? If so, please share your experience with us.
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