When Faith Meets Political Correctness

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We are at a stage in society where trying to avoid saying things that offend, has reached a point that now people get attacked for speaking the truth.  Here are quotes that connected with me this week on the subject. “The two pillars of ‘political correctness’ are, a) willful ignorance b) a steadfast refusal to face the truth.” George MacDonald. Let’s start with this premise, that when faith meets political correctness honesty suffers.

Afflicted with honesty.

In just a quick Bible search the word “truth” appears at least 270 times.  The truth is a critical foundation in the Christian belief systems.  It is so foundational that Jesus Christ refers to Himself as “the truth” in John 14:6, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (CEB)

In our attempts to honor people, to protect their feelings and respect their life choices we often do it in a dishonest manner.  We don’t tell people the truth about the direction their life is taking for fear people will see us as intolerant or just mean-spirited.  We have become sugar-coat experts. Just this past week I was in meetings where Christian witnessing came up.  I was making the point that as Christians we must be ready to live out our faith boldly in the world.  The pushback came from a long-time Christian who feared that if we do that we will offend people and they may push back on us.  My thought was, “Yes that is possible, even likely. They pushed back on Jesus.”  Jesus points this out in Matthew 24:8-10 “But all these things are just the beginning of the sufferings associated with the end.  They will arrest you, abuse you, and they will kill you. All nations will hate you on account of my name.  At that time many will fall away. They will betray each other and hate each other.” I say this to point out that faith, and political correctness, directly oppose each other.

Political correctness tries not to offend, faith is a stumbling block because it points us back to the perfection lost in the garden of Eden when paradise was lost.  Faith reminds us of the high standards God demands and that we can never fully attain.  Faith also tells us that this is the reason God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to stand in our place and take on the full weight of political ideas and leaders who guide us away from the need to deal with our brokenness, our sin, our new identity.  We are messed up people, with destroyed lives, and damaged relationships.  The truth of the Bible points us back to a right relationship with God.  That means an honest assessment of my life, my choices, my flaws.  I look in the mirror and see my brokenness?  Of course not.  I would rather people tell me it’s ok, that I am ok. La La Land looks much better that way.  In the end living there is only temporary.  The truth has an ugly way of always revealing itself.  And the longer I hide from it, the more painful the fall.  Faith not only points us to the truth, but it also leads us to the solution, Jesus.

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15 thoughts on “When Faith Meets Political Correctness

  1. Keith – I wanted to share with you a piece that David Guzik wrote: There are literally millions of examples of people standing strong for Jesus through persecution. Following is the particular story of an Englishman named Rowland Taylor.

    i. In a book first printed in 1890, John Ryle describes the death of Rowland Taylor, who was executed in England because he believed that priests could marry and that the bread and wine of communion did not become the actual, literal, body and blood of Jesus.

    ii. On the last day of January 1555, Taylor appeared with two others before the Bishop of Winchester, and was charged with heresy and dividing the church. When they refused to change their minds, they were condemned to death. When condemned, they replied back to the Bishop, “We know that God, the righteous Judge, will require our blood at your hands, and the proudest of all of you shall repent this receiving again of Antichrist, and of the tyranny you now show against the flock of Christ.”

    iii. On February 4, Taylor was kicked out of the priesthood, and that night, his wife and son were permitted to eat dinner with him. After dinner they left, with much affection and tears. The next day, he was led out to Hadleigh to be executed, so that he would be burned to death in the city where he served as a pastor and in front of his congregation.

    iv. When the left the London jail on the morning of February 5, it was still dark. Taylor’s wife suspected he might be taken that morning, so she waited with her two daughters outside the jail. When she called out to him, the sheriff allowed her to come with her daughters for one last meeting with her husband. Rowland Taylor took his little daughter Mary up in his arms, while Elizabeth knelt with him and said the Lord’s Prayer. They prayed together, then kissed and hugged, and Taylor said to his wife: “Farewell, my dear wife: be of good comfort, for I am quiet in my conscience. God shall raise up a father for my children.” He kissed his daughter Mary and said, “God bless you, and make you His servant;” and, kissing Elizabeth, he said, “God bless you. I pray you all stand strong and steadfast to Christ and His Word.” As he was led away, his wife called out, “God be with you, dear Rowland: I will, with God’s grace, meet you at Hadleigh.”

    v. The journey from London to Hadleigh took several days, and all along on the trip, Rowland Taylor was joyful and merry, as if he were going to a banquet or a party. But on February 9, 1555, they came into Hadleigh. When they were still two miles from town, Taylor leapt off his horse and started on foot-but he was walking fast, almost as if he were dancing. The sheriff asked him how he felt, and he said, “Well, God be praised, good master sheriff, never better; for now I know I am almost at home … even at my Father’s house… O good Lord, I thank You! I shall yet once before I die, see my flock whom You, Lord, know I have most heartily loved and most truly taught. Good Lord, bless them, and keep them steadfast in Thy Word and truth.”

    vi. When they came into Hadleigh, they put a hood over his head and came over a bridge. At the foot of the bridge was a poor man with five children, who cried out, “O dear father and good shepherd, Dr. Taylor, God help you, as you have many a time helped me and my poor children.” The streets were crowded on both sides with people who wanted to see him; when they saw him being led to death, they cried and wept with all their strength. People cried out, “Ah, good Lord, there goes our good shepherd from us, that so faithfully has taught us, so fatherly has cared for us, and so godly has governed us. O merciful God! What shall we poor scattered lambs do? What shall come of this most wicked world? God Lord, strengthen him and comfort him.” Taylor answered back, “I have preached to you God’s Word and truth, and am come this day to seal it with my blood.”

    vii. When they came to the town square, he heard a great multitude and asked where they were. When they told him they were at the place he would be executed, he said “Thank God, I am even at home,” and he took the hood from his head. When the people saw his face, there was an outpouring of emotion. They wept and cried out, “God save you, good Dr. Taylor! Jesus Christ strengthen you; the Holy Spirit comfort you,” and many other such things. Taylor wanted to speak to the people one last time, but as soon has he opened his mouth, a guard put a spear right up to his open mouth, and made him stop.

    viii. He started giving away his clothes-first his boots, then his coat and jacket, till all he had left was his pants and shirt. He then cried out with a loud voice, “Good people, I have taught you nothing but God’s Holy Word, and those lessons that I have taken out of God’s blessed Book, the Holy Bible; and I am come here today to seal it with my blood.” But then one of the guards clubbed him over the head and said, “Is that keeping your promise of silence, you heretic?” So, seeing he could not speak, he knelt down to pray. A poor woman came to kneel beside him and pray, and the guards tried to push her away but she would not go.

    ix. When he had prayed, he came to the stake he would be tied to and he kissed it, stepped into a barrel, and stood with his hands folded in prayer and his eyes towards heaven as they tied him to the stake. After some agonizing delays, they finally lit the fire, and Rowland Taylor prayed out loud: “Merciful Father of heaven, for Jesus Christ my Saviour’s sake, receive my soul into Your hands.” Then he stood perfectly still as the fires arose around him, without crying or moving, until a guard clubbed him on the head and his brains fell out, and his dead corpse fell into the fire. A marker was left that simply said, 1555: Dr. Taylor, in defending that which was good, at this place left his blood.

    3. (Luk 12:6-7) Realize your great value to God.

    “Are not five sparrows sold for two copper coins? And not one of them is forgotten before God. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.”

    a. Not one of them is forgotten before God: If God remembers the sparrows, He isn’t going to forget you-so don’t lose heart. As Rowland Taylor shared in some final words to his family:

    i. Before he left London to be executed, Rowland Taylor wrote his final thoughts in a book and presented them to his son: “I say to my wife and to my children, the Lord gave you unto me, and the Lord has taken me from you and you from me: blessed be the name of the Lord! I believe that they are blessed which die in the Lord. God cares for sparrows, and for the hairs of our heads. I have ever found Him more faithful and favourable than is any father or husband. Trust, therefore, in Him by means of our dear Savior Christ’s merits. Believe, love, fear, and obey Him: pray to Him, for He has promised to help. Count me not dead, for I shall certainly live and never die. I go before, and you shall follow after to our long home.” I can only pray I take up a stand for Jesus if God uses me in this way. Your post is very relevant for today.

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  2. Thank you, Keith, for addressing this. Our nation has slid down that slippery slope of deception that comes from the devil. He is the father of lies and has infiltrated our world by making things appear as not what they are. We have to be on guard every second of every day.

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  3. Political correctness is something strongly encouraged in “Rules for Radicals” and, thus proves how evil it is. We, as the Church, must stand up against this cancer in our society even when it causes us great grief and even peril. This was a wonderful post and the comment by Lean Not Unto My Own Understanding was equally amazing!

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  4. Political Correctness is Anti-Christian and Jewish People!! Jesus-Yeshua Christ is KING of kings and LORD of lords!!

    God Bless all my Sisters and Brothers in Christ Jesus-Yeshua and Your Families and Friends!!

    Love Always and Shalom ( Peace ) Everyone, YSIC \o/

    Kristi Ann

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  5. “…political ideas and leaders who guide us away from the need to deal with our brokenness, our sin, our new identity. We are messed up people, with destroyed lives, and damaged relationships.” A powerful but challenging (and true) statement. God help me, God help us all to speak the truth in love, to “not shrink back from declaring to you anything profitable.”

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