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Daily Encounter: A Week-day Devotional by Richard (Dick) Innes of ACTS International.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Was Jesus Ever Politically Correct?

"In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of His appearing and His kingdom, I give you this charge: Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear."1

It's amazing how, in our day and age, so many are afraid to stand up and be counted when it comes to taking a public stand for that which is morally correct, based on biblical principles and the Judeo-Christian ethic, for fear of not being politically correct. To bash Christianity, the Ten Commandments, the Word of God and even Jesus's "Sermon on the Mount" has become acceptable among certain circles, but try condemning gay marriage or other religions such as Islam and it becomes a different story.  

But did Jesus Christ ever allow Himself to be so controlled? Never!

Jesus was a man of passion. He hated the abuse of God's house so He drove out the money changers with a whip. He hated evil and sin, not simply because these were opposed to His Word but because they were, and are, damaging to those whom God loves—us. But He always loved sinners and was against anything that hurt them, kept them in bondage, or hindered their growth. And He was hated for His stand.

"In Jesus's case, we have the story of the holiest man who ever lived, and yet it was the prostitutes and lepers and thieves who adored Him, and the religious who hated His guts."2 Why? Because He loved people and was opposed to religious dogma and programs that kept people in bondage and used them for their own ends rather than helping them to grow.

"People were offended with Jesus because He violated their understanding of religion and piety. The religious people of His day were particularly incensed that He deliberately healed on the Sabbath.... They accused Him of being a drunkard, a glutton and having tacky taste in friends. As Gene Thomas is fond of saying, 'Jesus was simply not your ideal Rotarian.' It is a profound irony that the Son of God visited this planet and one of the chief complaints against Him was that He was not religious enough."3

In other words, Jesus was totally committed to people's spiritual and personal growth and was strongly opposed to anything that stopped or hindered that growth. Political correctness was never ever a part of His agenda.

As an English Bishop once said, "Wherever Jesus went there was either a revival or a revolution. Wherever I go, they serve tea."

Question: Do we, the members of our church, want to start a revival or a revolution? Or do we just prefer to serve tea?

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please give me the courage to stand up and be counted as a true follower of Jesus Christ and never be afraid to state clearly, in love, what Your Word, the Bible, teaches—and help me to live it first. And help me never to allow myself to be controlled by today's politically correct nonsense. Thank You for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully in Jesus's name, amen."

1. 2 Timothy 4:1-3 (NIV).
2.  Rebecca Manley Pippert, Out of the Saltshaker and Into the World (Downer's Grove, IL: Inter-Varsity Press, 1979), p. 39.   
3.  Ibid, p. 40.


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