By Kay Hawthorne
The following was written by my mom, Kay Hawthorne
Political correctness runs rampant not only in secular society today, but sadly, also in the church of Jesus Christ. Political correctness is neither new, nor is it the product of advanced knowledge and intellectual thought. It has been around since the fall of man. It is the product of sin!
As we study the Old Testament, we find it rearing its ugly head against the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. The children of Israel were to be God’s example of His love in the world. By following His will for their lives, they were to be a shining light to that world (Deut. 28:1-14). His mandate was, “No other gods, just Me” (Ex. 20:3). Deut. 30:15-20 makes it very clear that this was to be their choice. Verse 19 is particularly revealing: “I call heaven and earth to witness this day against you that I have set before you life and death, the blessings and the curses; therefore choose life that you and your descendants may live.”
Sadly, His chosen people made the wrong choices. They wanted to be like everyone else. They saw the way of the Lord as being stifling. Being different from the rest of the world was confining. The blessings were traded for the curses. The world’s way had to be the right way. Surely God’s Word was not the only way to live. It must be arrogant for them to believe that the promises were for them and them alone. There were so many other gods to follow! Time and again they went away from God and followed the way of the world, worshiping false gods. Each time, disaster came their way. Yet, when they cried out to their one true God, He rescued them. They would follow him for a while until that generation died out and the next didn’t remember their history. Political correctness would once again rear its ugly head and the scenario would be repeated.
Jesus came to earth to rectify sin. He died a horrible death on the cross so that our sin problem would once and for all be dealt with. On the third day, He arose and now sits at the right hand of the Father interceding for us because He understands our frailties. He was tempted according to the Word as we are, only He lived a sinless life. That made Him the perfect sacrifice for our sins.
When we read First, Second and Third John, we see political correctness already being dealt with in the body of Christ. How soon the church was being led away from the Gospel of Jesus. You see, human nature is to bring God to our level, not to desire to reach up to Him. He has the keys to eternal life. He told us in John 14: 6, “I am the Way and the Truth and the Life; no one comes to the Father except by (through) Me.” Our way of thinking says, just as the children of Israel’s did, that God’s way is too stifling. Being different from the world is too confining. It must be arrogant to think that the promises are for those who follow Jesus and them alone. Surely the world is correct! Their argument is so articulate and intellectual. Following Jesus and Him alone is for those who are ignorant and naive.
Political correctness once again rears its ugly head to deceive. John 10:9 & 10 tell us, “I am the Door; anyone who enters in through Me will be saved (will live). He will come in and he will go out [freely], and will find pasture.