A certain segment of the American population has succeeded in perpetrating the notion of “political correctness” (PC) across a broad base of society. This ideology has infiltrated politics, education, and religion. While touted as a manifestation of “compassion” and “respect” for those with whom one disagrees, the fact is that PC seeks to silence any expression of disagreement that is not in line with its covert agenda. Read >>
The Israelites divided into Northern and Southern Kingdoms, Jehoshaphat king of Southern Judah, attempted political correctness, by trying to get along with everyone. Jehu, God’s prophet, said, “Should you help the wicked and love those who hate the LORD? Therefore the wrath of the LORD is upon you” (2 Chronicles 19:2 NKJV). However, because Jehoshaphat obeyed the LORD in other matters, God helped him in a war. “And Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his face to the ground, and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem bowed before the LORD, worshiping the LORD” (2 Chronicles 20:18 NKJV). “And the fear of God was on all the kingdoms of those countries when they heard that the LORD had fought against the enemies of Israel” (2 Chronicles 20:29 NKJV). A nation stays in war because it has not put “the fear of God” in its enemies.
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.
What, exactly, is “political correctness?” Actually, it is nothing more than an ancient sin which Isaiah, in Isaiah 5:20, warned God’s people to avoid when he said, Woe to them who call evil good and good evil. Our nation has “specialized” in this today as we are encouraged not to call things as they are named in the New Testament, but rather to call them something else lest we insult or hurt the feelings of those engaged in the sin.
Paul recognized the danger of “political correctness.” He warned against those who change the truth of God into a lie. (Romans 1:25) Giving a list of sins that are prevalent today (Romans 1:21-32; I Corinthians 6:9-10; Galatians 5:19), Paul warns us that, not only are those practicing such things guilty, but so are we if we approve of the sin and the sinner. (Romans 1:32)
In effect, it matters not at all how many approve of any sin, either by committing the sin, by approving of those who commit the sin, or by falling into the habit of using “kinder” words to avoid hurting the feelings of the sinner. Jesus warns us, in both Matthew 7:13-14 and Luke 13:24, that those who are missing the narrow way which leads to Heaven will be a far greater number than those who find the narrow way and enter Heaven. Did Paul not remind us, in Romans 3:4, Let it not be true! But let God be true and every man a liar. In Mark 13:31, and in Luke 21:33, Jesus, Himself, is quoted as saying, Heaven and Earth shall pass away, but My Word shall never pass away.
Think about it this way: If you claim to be a Christian, yet you deny what the New Testament teaches is still the truth, you fall into condemnation, for you are denying that what Jesus taught is still the truth even though He said His Word would never pass away. In that case, you are denying Jesus, and He is quoted, in Matthew 10:33 and Luke 12:9, as saying that those who deny Him before men, He will deny before the Father in Heaven.
If God has said it is evil and every person on Earth says is it good, it is still evil. So, what are some of the things we are being told to be “politically correct” about today? There is no shortage: It used to be shameful to have a child out of wedlock; now, more babies are born to single women than to married women. Divorce was once a shameful thing; now, being married several times is the norm. Abortion was a “backstreet” thing; now, it is common, and even celebrated. Homosexuality was a shameful thing; now, it is good and taught to our kids. Sex outside marriage was shameful; now, it is common and even occurs in the primary grades. Young women used to dress modestly; now, the more flesh showing, the better.
As a nation, we no longer know what the New Testament teaches, and, therefore, we no longer follow those teachings. It is no wonder that Christians are accused of “hate crimes.” People who are involved in immoral activities do not want to be told they are wrong and that their actions are sinful. To cover the fact that they are sinning, they seek to discredit the source of all good: They seek to discredit God and His Word. Their evil and their desire to be justified causes them to attack that which condemns them. By going along with “political correctness,” Christians are helping to destroy the very principles they claim to espouse.
While we love all sinners, we must not love or approve of the sin, itself. As Christians, we must be very careful not to follow a multitude to do evil. (Exodus 23:2)
David said: “Help, LORD, for the godly man ceases! For the faithful disappear from among the sons of men. They speak idly everyone with his neighbor; With flattering lips and a double heart they speak” (Psalm 12:1-2 NKJV). In this day of “political correctness,” right-words are shouted down and right-actions are condemned. The “godly” and “faithful” may resort to idle speech and flattery “with his neighbor,” hiding within his heart the knowledge of what’s right and the fact he is wrong. This “double heart” is one of sin, guilt, and misery. Christians should pray: “Do not take me away with the wicked And with the workers of iniquity, Who speak peace to their neighbors, But evil is in their hearts” (Psalm 28:3 NKJV). “Let the redeemed of the LORD say so” (Psalm 107:2 NKJV).
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.
Since God Created humans, only God can provide specific understanding of human behavior. God gave Solomon Divine Wisdom (1 Kings Chapters 3 and 10) to explain what and why behavior is as it is, and Proverbs 10:1-24:34 are randomly written, as if they were Solomon’s judgments about individual cases brought to him, or simply God-given explanations about life. New Testament passages may help see the continuation of Wisdom offered through Jesus Christ.
Proverbs 20:26: “A wise king sifts out the wicked, And brings the threshing wheel over them.”
God sets the standard for what is “wicked” (Exodus 23:7; Proverbs 6:12-19), and this judgment is His. “The LORD tests the righteous, But the wicked and the one who loves violence His soul hates. Upon the wicked He will rain coals; Fire and brimstone and a burning wind Shall be the portion of their cup” (Psalm 11:5-6).
Another proverb also states this formula: “Take away the dross from silver, And it will go to the silversmith for jewelry. Take away the wicked from before the king, And his throne will be established in righteousness” (Proverbs 25:4-5). These proverbs call for a government purge of evil. What has happened is the government has been purged of good! Political Correctness (“P.C.”) has lowered good morals to the level of evil, as Paul warned Christians: “Do not be deceived: ‘Evil company corrupts good habits’” (1 Corinthians 15:33). “P.C.” is being used to silence the Truth of God and the righteous. “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them” (Romans 1:18-19). Only the unrighteous would “suppress the truth in unrighteousness,” and when this is done by those in government, it is called “political correctness” by them, “censorship” by their citizens, but brings down “the wrath of God” upon them!
True “political correctness” is for government leaders to realize it is “an abomination for kings to commit wickedness” (Proverbs 16:12), and a king should scatter “all evil with his eyes” (Proverbs 20:8). Every president, king, queen, prime minister, or other leading representative of government that overlooks and allows the wicked to have influence in government is not wise and is wicked!
A main job of a God-ordained government leader, is to be “not a terror to good works, but to evil” because “he is God’s minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil” (Romans 13:1-4). Since “there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God,” then citizen’s obedience is required (Romans 13:1). However, when the wicked rule, the people pay. Other proverbs state this plainly: “Like a roaring lion and a charging bear Is a wicked ruler over poor people” (Proverbs 28:15); “If a ruler pays attention to lies, All his servants become wicked” (Proverbs 29:12).
When people keep voting for “the lesser of two evils,” they have supported the wicked who rule! Citizens who should have a say in their government, but accept the wicked in government, deserve what they get! The outcries of the Israelites let God know they were ready for deliverance: “Now it happened in the process of time that the king of Egypt died. Then the children of Israel groaned because of the bondage, and they cried out; and their cry came up to God because of the bondage. So God heard their groaning, and God remembered His covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob. And God looked upon the children of Israel, and God acknowledged them” (Exodus 2:23-25). A word to the wise is sufficient.
All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.
I am forced to admit that some things get me “riled up.” So, I hope someone can set me straight. One of our brethren, the patriarch of “Duck Dynasty,” has been fired from the show. Why? Because, when asked on a TV talk show about homosexuality, he quoted Scripture to show that God did not approve of the practice.
Now, my question is this: Why is it so wrong and politically incorrect to publically defend your faith and the Bible if you are a Christian? On the converse, it is not politically incorrect to make fun of Christians and their beliefs. It is not politically incorrect to make fun of the Bible and regard it as full of myths. The TV show currently showing about “The Truth about the Bible” makes numerous Scriptural and doctrinal errors, but that is not politically incorrect. Yet, one negative word about the Koran or about sin, and we are tarred as “ignorant hate-mongers.”
I guess my stance is this: If Duck Dynasty can risk national prestige and a very lucrative job to stand for Jesus in a public forum, how dare I not take a similar stand in my own small world?
One of the quotes that I will remember from our revival this week with Larry Acuff said something to the effect of:
“Political correctness wants a woman everywhere except in a marriage to a man.“
So true. So sad.
The very culture that’s promising to make a woman more than she’s ever been is taking more than what’s ever been taken! That’s because the world promises what it can’t deliver, but God will deliver whatever His word promises.