Political Correctness; October 27, 2018


Ephesians 2:12 Remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world.

We are very blessed that political correctness doesn’t seem to have been invented in the 1st Century! At least, if it was, none of the Biblical writers paid any attention to it. It’s very important that they were able to “call a spade a spade,” and not consider words as “dog whistles” to special interest groups. The reason that’s so important is that to effect meaningful change, you have to acknowledge the present situation and not dress it up with pretty words. That’s why the first step of any “12 step program” is to acknowledge that you have a problem. Sadly, the pastor of the biggest church in America today consciously never uses the word, sin, because he doesn’t want people to “feel put down.” The Bible, in contrast, makes no bones about the fact that we are all sinners in need of repentance and the atoning work of the cross of Christ. What Paul says here, for example, would today be denounced as “racist.” Imagine, he’s telling Gentiles that they aren’t Jews! The thing is, he had to do that to make it clear that whereas at one time his readers had no connection to all the promises in the Old Testament, in Christ they have been brought into the family. Around 1980 a book came out titled, I’m OK You’re OK. It was great for self-esteem, but it was rotten for meaningful change, and it is still echoing through society. I suppose you could call it a pillar of the “political correctness” movement. Just recently a TV personality lost their job simply for giving an accurate description of how things were in their childhood. If facts offend us, we’ve got a BIG problem!

Being raised by a father who held absolute honesty as one of the pillars of his life, I’ve been somewhat inoculated against political correctness. However, that’s not at all to say that I am to be needlessly, carelessly, hurtful with my words. I’ve done far too much of that! Actually, Japanese society is very big on the “socially correct lie,” which could be another description of political correctness. I must always speak the truth in love, and never allow “truth” to be a cover for malice, jealousy, or the like. My words are to bring healing, but sometimes healing calls for a scalpel. I am to speak the very words of God, but not color them with my own failures.

Father, this is a major issue. I find myself at a loss for how to tell people they are sinners headed for hell, without chasing them away. That said, if they don’t know they are headed for hell, they won’t change direction. I have demonstrated very clearly that I don’t have the wisdom nor the skill to do it right on my own, but nothing is impossible for You. I offer myself totally to You, so that You may overcome all the linguistic and cultural barriers and get through to people’s souls and spirits, convicting them of their sins and drawing them to repentance and faith for their salvation. Thank You. Hallelujah!

About jgarrott

Born and raised in Japan of missionary parents. Have been here as an adult missionary since 1981.
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