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Politically Correct or Biblically Correct?

Reve' M. Pete, D. T. S.

"And Elijah came to all the people, and said, 'How long will you falter between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him.' But the people answered him not a word."

1 Kings 18:21

In American society today, there is a thrust to always be politically correct. To be politically correct means to adopt a view or opinion based on popular consensus. Usually this adopted view or opinion is taken without regard to what is commanded in the Word of God. The reason for being politically correct is to try to avoid offending anyone. However, political correctness at the expense of the Word of God is in fact idolatry. It is a direct violation of the first and great commandment that says, "…You shall love he Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind." Matthew 22:37 This first and great commandment is a spiritual law.

Spiritual Law Defined

What is a spiritual law? A spiritual law is a moral principle that has within it consequences - both good and bad. Such moral principles are laws because their consequences always work, always work the same way and always work for everybody. In that sense, spiritual laws are similar to physical laws such as the Law of Gravity.

When people operate in line with a spiritual law, they reap the good consequences of spiritual law - life and blessing. When people operate contrary to a spiritual law, they reap the bad consequence of spiritual law - death (which has many forms, including sickness, disease, poverty, lack, failure and even physical death). Spiritual laws originate with God because He IS and whatever He says comes to pass. Spiritual laws govern the existence of men whether or not those men understand or believe in the existence of spiritual laws. Spiritual laws are absolute.

Spiritual laws are recorded in the Bible. The Bible is the Word of God. It is God's statement and instruction to men. God divinely supervised the writing of the content of the Bible, so that men would have an accurate account of His statement and instruction. Whatever God says, as recorded in the Bible is spiritual law.

Loving Political Correctness More than God

Political correctness becomes idolatry when it is placed ahead of God. Jesus said, "If you love Me, keep My commandments." John 14:15 From this statement, it is easy to understand that keeping someone's commandment is evidence of love for the one whose commandment is kept. Jesus always kept God the Father's commandments (John 15:10) and always did the things that please Him (John 8:29). Jesus never violated the first and great commandment.

To keep the first and great commandment, men should always follow the Word of God, even if the Word of God is in opposition to the views of popular consensus. To do otherwise is to violate the first and great commandment - spiritual law - and is idolatry because it places popular consensus ahead of God.

Better to Offend than to Disobey

Jesus said, "Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; and a man's enemies will be those of his own household. He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it." Matthew 10:34-39

It would really be nice if always following the Word of God would not offend anyone. Unfortunately, that is not the case. Since men do not always like or accept what is written in the Word of God, continuously adhering to it is bound to rub someone the wrong way. However, it is better to risk offending someone than to violate spiritual law. To do otherwise is to place that person ahead of God. If Jesus says that close family members should not be placed ahead of Him, how much more should people who one does not even know not be considered when deciding to obey the Word of God. Persons offended by one's obedience to the Word of God can and will get over it. It is better that they be offended than to open the door to the curse of death.

"I call heaven and earth s witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live;" Deuteronomy 30:19

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