Politically Correct

“Are you trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? If you are trying to please people, you are not a servant of Christ.” Galatians 1:10

You know, they actually used to differentiate the true gospel from a false teaching by whether or not the world listened.

“They are from the world and therefore speak from the viewpoint of the world, and the world listens to them. We are from God, and whoever knows God listens to us; but whoever is not from God does not listen to us. This is how we recognize the spirit of truth and the spirit of falsehood.” 1 John 4:5-6

That means if you are loved by the world then you are of the world (John 15:19). I think it’s interesting that there are three different verses in the bible where Jesus states “everyone will hate you because of Me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved” (Mark 13:13 & Luke 21:17 & Matthew 10:22). We are thoroughly warned about the hate we are going to receive because of Jesus, and if we are going to be receiving that hate because of Him, then aren’t we doing something wrong if we are not hated? Jesus tells us “if the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first” (John 15:18, 1 John 3:13). If everyone likes us are we truly following Jesus, or are we just trying to please the crowd?

We’re all born with a natural desire to be liked and accepted, aren’t we? We seek the approval of others, but seeking acceptance and approval has entered the church and it has resulted in a watered-down gospel. That’s scary. People aren’t hearing the real, pure, gospel. They’re hearing what they want to hear, not what they need to hear. If pastors are only concerned with not offending anyone, they care more about their own image and less about telling the truth. A lot of younger Christians like a sermon or a church that sounds good, looks good, and feels good, but doesn’t necessarily preach the truth. The bible isn’t meant to make you feel good, the bible is controversial, the bible is offensive. We should even expect the world to reject and hate the bible and Jesus (John 17:14). You cannot be politically correct and biblically correct at the same time because they contradict one another. Our goal should be to please God, not man.

“How terrible it will be for you when everyone says nice things about you, because that’s the way their ancestors used to treat the false prophets.” Luke 6:26

I think sometimes we forget who our king is. We’re following a man who was crucified. If everyone loves us, we must be doing something wrong. God’s word, and God Himself, will be rejected and hated by the world – if we’re really following Him, we probably will be too.

Please don’t get me wrong – this isn’t an excuse to be self-righteous and rude. Jesus didn’t say we would be hated for our actions, He said we would be hated for simply believing in Him and preaching His word.

“Blessed are you when men hate you, when they exclude you and insult you and reject your name as evil, because of the Son of Man.” Luke 6:22

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40 thoughts on “Politically Correct

  1. True…but let’s not forget why He was hated. He was hated because He loved people that no one else would love and He called out the religious leaders of his time. Also let’s not forget who murdered Him…His own people. The “world” actually didn’t take much note of Jesus the man until His disciples went into it spreading the news that He had risen and ascended. It wasn’t really the “world” that hated Him it was the religious leaders of His day. The “world” sought Him because He LOVED them. I’m not discounting all your scriptural references here but it seems off balance to me and I really don’t want to lose sight of God’s Biblical message to LOVE. Without including the LOVE there is nothing but a lot of FEAR here. God has given us a SPIRIT OF LOVE NOT OF FEAR. In this world you will have trouble but TAKE HEART I HAVE OVERCOME THE WORLD. Not I WILL overcome the world…it’s already done. Be in the world but not of the world. YES! The world teaches us to fear and doubt. True love casts out fear. Jesus told us to love God, our neighbor and ourself. Part of what Jesus called out the religious leaders of his day on was the tendency to lead through fear…fear of breaking the laws. That’s what I see churches doing today. Preaching fear over love. There is no good news in that message.

    • Thought provoking post warning Christians not to compromise Gods standard in search of acceptance–always a timely warning! I would like to add that the world turned against Jesus and shouted to Pilate “crucify him” so it was the world and the religious leaders that put Jesus to death.

      • Well, no, it was the Jewish leaders and the residents of Judea – Jesus’ own people, as Reincarnated Christian argues – who shouted, “Crucify Him!” The larger world, the Greco-Roman system of the day, didn’t take notice of Jesus or his followers until a few decades later.

        Jesus’ prediction that his followers would be persecuted for following him was accurate. But I would also like to point out the historical context there, as well. They refused to worship pagan gods or participate in the various ceremonies where those gods were honored (which is to say, pretty much any public ceremony) – thus they were called “atheists” and distrusted, leaving them open to crazy accusations like cannibalism and incest based on misunderstanding of their jargon (“eating the body of Christ”, “brothers and sisters”) and without defenders when, among others, Nero needed a scapegoat for his own crimes.

        We live in a culture where Christianity is the power structure – polygamy is all but extinct in the developed world, the language of Christianity is well understood, and most do not considered weird or outrageous to follow Jesus. Presumably, the original post indicates we should be hated for the way we demand a higher moral standard than others. I disagree.

        If Christians merely kept a higher moral standard while we loved the people Jesus loved and cared for the helpless, we would not be hated. Instead, we are hated because we impose our moral standard on others while failing to maintain it ourselves, while we largely disregard or even demonize the people Jesus told us to love.

        We claim a higher standard, but we buy into the same pervasive culture of greed and materialism as those we condemn for their sins. Love is not evident in us, so we are not deserving of it from others. The fact that we are hated should not be a cause for celebration, given these factors. It should be a cause for self-reflection and change so that we may more clearly show to others the love and grace we’ve been given. If we are hated even as we love our gay neighbors, talk to the prostitute, sacrifice for the homeless and model Jesus, then so be it. But I would beware wearing hatred as a badge of honor for its own sake. It could be that Jesus hates the way we’re acting just as much as the world does.

    • Just wanted to say that Jesus wasn’t hated for loving people or even calling people out. He was hated because He was the Savior though not come in the way they expected Him to arrive! which was in power and majesty so they plotted against Him. Mt 12:24 They didn’t accept the fact that the prophecy was being fulfilled by Him! Yes He loved people and yes He called out the religious leaders but He was hated because He was the Christ and they did not want to accept that a babe born in a manger would be the savior of the world.

      When Christ Spoke to crowds or screamed at the thieves and turned tables over or even rebuked Peter He did it all in love! So yes we definitely need to do all things in love but that does not mean we need to stop proclaiming the truth! The Gospel! which can only be Proclaimed with words or demonstration of Gods Power! and not lived out by us through love! The Gospel is about Jesus Christ doing what no man has or ever will be capable of doing!

      Our lives can be a testimony only if we are allowing the Holy Spirit to regenerate us! If not our testimonies are useless which is why we cannot say that our lives through love is the gospel! Yes we can show the love of Christ but keep in mind that today we may do well but tomorrow we may not. We are limited but the Power of God through the sharing of truth is unlimited for the pulling down of strongholds! Jesus said it Himself…”And you shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free!” John 8:32

      • According to Matthew 5:10-12, the hatred is not on account of any higher moral standard. Rather, it is on account of Jesus Christ Himself. The presence of Christ with His people is what ultimately initiates persecution, thus explaining the references Cole makes in the original post from John 15, etc., stating that Jesus’s followers would be hated just as Jesus was.

        • Bearing in mind that “the world” that is outside of the Kingdom of God is under the authority of satan and his demonic forces. It is this which is the cause of hatred towards Christ’s Church as described in revelation. But we overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the true Word of our testimony. The battle is never against flesh and blood as per Ephesians 6. This hatred against us therefore has nothing to do with morals, but with Love, Life in its fullness, joy overflowing and peace in abundance – facets of God’s Kingdom which the kingdom of darkness does indeed hate, which all those currently in the world, due to be drawn out, will delight to experience through change of heart and mind. And for this reason we must stay true to God’s Word and far from Political Correctness which will only fail to bring those people into true repentance….and life in all its fullness. We have had the Medi-evil period. Currently we are in the PC-evil period….The Word of God remains true and the Lamb shall be victorious in this age !

  2. Interestingly enough, I blogged about the same thing today (and will again tomorrow) but with the idea of how we Christians can be loving and yet disagree with the world’s definition of love. No only does most of our culture think we don’t love, but even some other Christians think churches that hold a hard moral and ethical line are unloving. However, as much as we’d like to believe otherwise, Christ’s love for us isn’t unconditional either. It may be a free gift, but there are obligations attached, such as those we see in Matthew 25:34-46.

    Yes, our primary goal is to love God with all our heart, our mind, and our being, but Jesus followed up on this commandment with the one that says we must love our neighbor as ourselves. The trick is in understanding what love is from God’s perspective, and then acting on that love, which may not always be seen as love from the world’s point of view.

    More than anything though, we must pay a lot of attention to what God expects of us and to make sure that when the world does not approve of us, that we are behaving out of God’s expectations rather than our own personal social and political desires. God’s love, mercy, and justice transcends all that. If we have our eyes on the Savior, so should we.

  3. I identified with your post. The world hated Jesus, so we put him to death. While Christians may not have the love of the world, we have the everlasting love of God through Christ. That’s my main focus in life. I must say here that I also enjoyed reading the other opinions associated with this post.

  4. I agree wholeheartedly, and I see exactly the kind of thing you’re talking about in the church. However, I would like to add something: the world DOES hate Christians these days. I’m just not sure the world hates us for the right reasons. The world hates us because we’re often quite hateful ourselves, not because we are living as Christ lived. The early church was both hated and respected, but have lost most – if not all – respect. (If you’re interested in my thoughts, I posted a blog on this exact subject some time ago at https://judkossum.wordpress.com/2008/02/17/hated-and-highly-regarded/)

  5. I just re-blogged this, the first time I have ever done so with any post. I have re-titled it as “When People Hate” Part 2 because it coincides so closely with my July 11, 2012 post. This fact is suppressed by religion because it has cozied up to the world, again.

  6. I LOVE this. God does not care about being “politically correct” — He is in CHARGE of the whole world! Jesus even PROMISED that offenses would come. The prosperity gospel sickens me. Yes, God is a good, good Father who blesses His children, but if we’re truly walking in Christ’s footsteps, we are going to be rejected and scorned by men, just as He was. The servant is never above the master! Why would we expect any less than how Jesus was treated? It’s a hard pill to swallow — no one likes to feel hated by other humans. It’s all about fighting from a place of solid identity as sons and daughters of a loving Father who accepts us and loves us fully :) thank you for this post! I feel that many are afraid to speak the truth as you have. The words may be offensive, but this is truth :)

  7. It is so sad when we are hated for believing in and following God’s word. I have already lost one friend and I hope not to lose more with everything going on at present. I also, wrote a blog about this situation this morning. stillstrange.wordpress.com. if you care to check it out. My bog is titled Strange & Unhealthy Life..
    I love your blog and am in agreement with a lot.

  8. “Man’s misconception and greatest downfall is that he has an understanding of how to live in my will. You should mirror your life after Christ, but what He was sent here to do is not your ultimate goal. He accomplished what I commissioned Him for. It is your job to live in love and spread the message of Jesus to bring the world to a place of being in better relationship with Me.
    The message of hate and intolerance being spoken in My name is the reason why there is so much division. I did not create you to be outcasts, but to be an example that brings everyone to a place of glory and prosperity.
    Be careful of the words you speak for they will be remembered when the world is no more.” -God

  9. I loved everything you wrote. I see exactly where you are coming from and I see where each person’s comment is valid and reasonable in different ways. I get to say that cause I am the senior person here and probably have known Jesus Christ as my Savior the longest. But that’s not enough in credentials…took me awhile to learn that. If you’ve read any of my archives, you know that the Lord God has protected in incredible ways all of my life-and in spite of having everything in my body, fixed, repaired or taken out-or I caught what germ or bacteria or virus was out there to be caught. It was a family joke for a long time. I am the oldest of 6 and got the “genes” that no one else got.
    But do you know that our Lord considers me perfect? He spent an afternoon teaching me that. I would have never even considered that-but His thoughts are not my thoughts, nor are His ways, our ways which brings me around to the comments about just a little. Yes, James and Peter and Timothy were quite plain about our expectations of a life of pain, suffering, trials, tribulations. After all just as Caitlin said, if our Lord suffered, why should we expect any different treatment? and for StillStrange, the Lord Jesus told us that it would be Father against son and Mother against daughter and certainly friend against friend. I know that friends are very special, but the bottom line is to choose Him first, friends, second. that is the way it has to be. Trust me on this. When God says He will have no other gods before Him, He means it. He will so strip you down naked if necessary to bring you back to HIm. I had idols and didn’t even know it-but my family did! and when I came to the realization and told my husband, he knew exactly. yet he had waited on the Lord to tell me! That is great love for which I am so thankful 34 years of it!
    so anyway, I will always look for your comments as i really do need and want the feedback.

    Cindy

  10. You have given me so much to think about. But how do we reach those that are of the world if they do not listen to the word of God & if our words are judged as falsehoods & of the world when they do listen? An inspired piece of writing…answers quite a few questions and yet raises dozens more.

  11. Maintain your testimony by walking in integrity, show love,kindness, and a genuine concern for their well-being to everyone around you without a critical and judgmental attitude and I have found very little hate directed towards me. I’m not afraid of it, but I think it’s tough to hate someone who is loving you. Just my humble opinion…

  12. Cole, this is such an excellent post. Thank you. Helping people understand the very point you make in this post is what my academic work and ministry is all about. Just when you think people don’t care about important topics such as persecution on account of Christ, you come across a post like this one to bring encouragement. Thank you for thinking about things Jesus says are important.

  13. Reblogged this on No Dice At All and commented:
    This is a new blog that I’ve been reading. I believe that I’ll be sticking around to read some more. Not for the purpose of fitting into a group but because of the nature of the postings. It can be viewed as an online continuation of the journey of truth. Take a look at this excerpt here:
    “People aren’t hearing the real, pure, gospel. They’re hearing what they want to hear, not what they need to hear…a lot of younger Christians like a sermon or a church that sounds good, looks good, and feels good, but doesn’t necessarily preach the truth…we should even expect the world to reject and hate the bible and Jesus (John 17:14). You cannot be politically correct and biblically correct at the same time [everytime] because they contradict one another. Our goal should be to please God, not man.”

    I did split up multiple pieces into one long quote there. It could even be called cherry picking but I feel that it sends a stronger point when edited in this manner. It shoots straight to the heart of the issue at the expense of a couple of examples. For the completely uncensored version, click the link to read the original post.

  14. Just a thought – an incomplete thought – Jesus was hated not so much by what we think of as the “world” but more by what we think of as the church. Jesus was known as the friend of sinners, they liked Jesus and he loved them. I can see where you are coming from but tend to disagree with where it leads me. Thanks for making me think.

    Perhaps you could tell me who you think the King of this world is and what is a watered down Gospel

      • “Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. They don’t understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God.” – 2 Corinthians 4:4 NLT

        & when I say ‘a watered-down gospel’ I mean a gospel that isn’t taught to it’s full extent (I guess if it’s not taught fully it’s not really the gospel at all). Whether it’s sin or the cross, there’s something that is missing from it in order to make it less offensive and/or to water it down.

      • I assumed the same as you – Satan. Talking with a Pastor a while back he asked me to read this passage again. In context he suggested that Law is the god of this world…..if satan is to be dragged into this at all you could say that satan does the darkening through the law. As you can see the passage talks about darkness remaining as the law is read today. Have a read, I tend to agree with him. The reason I asked about the “watered down Gospel” thing was that I have heard quite a few sermons by Pastors placing a lot of emphasis on “right living” etc which at the end of the day is law. A lot of people like this kind of exhortation and say that it is the “offense of the cross” and people get offended because the law condemns them. It is a fine line, a lot of sermons that follow a law path are following the god of this world. The Gospel is offensive because it talks about a righteousness that has nothing to do with the law. The light of the Gospel is seen when the veil is taken away. This is a deep topic and I probably haven’t explained myself too well – what I am suggesting is that a lot of the time a watered down gospel is not that at all, it seems that way because our nature wants to drag law into the picture, and some times what we consider as pure gospel has been corrupted by a poor/incorrect application of law.

        Anyway something to think and pray about – it becomes simpler when you put on Jesus resurrection goggles :)

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