Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Political Correctness

We have reached a sad time in our society. We live in a place that prefers political correctness over truth. We are taught that we each have personal rights and truths, and that we should not disrespect or push our truths onto others... recently is has gone even further than that... It has gotten to a point where if your truth is not the world's truth you should hide it, in order to hide it and keep the peace. Last week, as I was listening to Bott Radio Network, I heard a news story that grabbed my attention. LSU had photoshopped out the crosses, on some students shoulders, as to not offend non-Christians. What was even more shocking is the fact that LSU used to be a seminary.... So how does a college, previously a seminary, become so fearful of the reactions of some people that they go against freedom of religion and freedom of speech?
This is the before and after
I know that LSU has issued an apology and that this is old news, but I am more focused on the implications of our society. 

It seems like personal rights have changed and became biased in ways that benefits the non-believer. It is acceptable for a non-believer to say that there is no god and that someone who believes in one is wrong or stupid... but it is not acceptable for a believer to openly say that there is a god, the one true God. As a wise woman I know said, "Spirituality today has nothing to do with God, but has to do with self service and oneness with the world." This would explain why so many people in our world consider themselves spiritual. Sadly, those people see it as having a great insight into the world, when in actuality they are believing in a lie. 

Ephesians 6:13 "Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.

We are living in a day of evil and we need to be prepared. Ephesians 6:14a states that we are to, "stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist.." Notice that it did not say the belt of political correctness. There is truth and there are lies. While we are to love each other and non-believers, we are not to compromise our beliefs in order to "not offend" someone. Many people view political correctness as a way of being polite, but if I hold my tongue and do not tell someone about the gospel, would it really be more polite to let them have an eternal death than to tell them about the gift of eternal life? 
1 Peter 2:11-12 "Dear friends, I urge you, as foreigners and exiles, to abstain from sinful desires, which wage war against your soul.Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us."

We are not going to fit into this world and we are to be set apart for God. If we choose to not be politically correct, but rather be God correct, then the world will accuse us of doing wrong.

John 15:18-19 "If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first.If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you."

We can not and should not expect our society or world to love and accept us. We also should not sensor the Holy Spirit when we are moved to speak to someone. We need to be prepared with the armor of God on. We also can not live in fear of what others might think and feel, but we need to seek God for wisdom and peace. 

Psalm 34:4 "I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears."

There were a couple question asked of us at tonights lecture that really struck me. 

Do you radically portray God's word? (Radically meaning being counter cultural. 
I can't think of anyone who radically portrays God's word as much as Jesus did. I am so thankful that God sent his son to not only die for us, as a sacrifice, but also live for us, to be an example. He had such an amazing way of standing out while loving others, even scoffers. 

Are you living your faith? 
For me, to be honest, it depends on the day. Living one's faith is a daily, monthly, and sometimes even a choice that we need to choose moment by moment.

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