Thursday, September 22, 2011

This Blog is Not Politically Correct

This week our military ended its Don't Ask Don't Tell policy.  This policy basically enforced the idea that homosexuals could not serve openly in the military.  The idea was, we won't ask you and you should not tell us, otherwise you will be discharged.  Personally, I think the whole idea was dumb.  There really should just be a policy of no openly or practicing homosexuals in the military.  I do not believe women should be in the military either, and we are moving more and more to having women as front-line grunts just like everyone else.  Some may say that my ideas our outdated.  Some may say I am even sexist and homophobic.  Some may say I am bigoted.  I suppose by the world's standards I am guilty as charged.  I am not scared to be offensive to the world (or even worldly Christians) so long as I am offensive for Christ (as opposed to just being offensive).  In fact, we are supposed to be offensive.  In the end, it is not that my ideas are not up to the world's current standards, it is really that the world is not up to God's standards.  I may not be politically correct, but I am Biblically correct.  Sadly, more and more of the church is succumbing to political correctness and falling all over themselves to not be offensive.  They forget that the world is supposed to hate us. 
Do not marvel, my brethren, if the world hates you. 1 John 3:13 NKJV
In other words, we should not be surprised if the world hates us, nor should we try to change it.  The world represents fallen man.  The world represents spiritual death.  The world represents the sin that will be judged.  The world represents things that will be burned.  That is not so with us.  We represents redeemed man.  We represent eternal life. We are the light and salt standing in stark contrast to the dark and fallen world.  We will not burn with the world but be saved into eternal life in heaven.  We are not citizens of the world and in that we are not here to conform to its culture.  We are ambassadors of heaven showing the world that there is a better alternative.  We are not here to become part of the world, but to lead others out of the world and into the Kingdom of God.  We are the world's enemy and the Bible tells us why. 
He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed.  John 3:18-20 NKJV
We are the light and salt of the earth, but the world loves darkness.  Being light, we remind them just how dark that they are.  Our witness shows them just how utterly sinful that they are.  They do not want to know that they are wrong because they love their sinful lives so much.  They want to do what is right in their own eyes and we show them what they do is wrong.  We expose the evil in the world and the world hates us for it.  They do not want their boats rocked.  They do not want to know what they do is wrong.  They do not want to know about the coming judgement of God.  They want to eat, drink, and be merry and someday die and hang out with the great bearded Grandfather in the sky, sitting in a cloud, surrounded by very attractive male and female angels for all eternity.  They want to believe a ridiculous lie rather than come to the hard truth that their lives are heading straight to eternal Hell.  Yet, there we are, ruining everything their unredeemed fallen minds wish to be true.  And so how do they respond to us?  They call us names, they hate us, the look for any fault in our lives to throw back at us, and they accuse us of being bigots, racists, homophobic, sexists, fascists, tyrants, and just about every other name under the sun.  They think we are foolish, stupid, ignorant, and closed-minded.  In other words, they hate our message and so they try to destroy the messenger.  They feel if they can believe that we are any or all of those things then they do not have to hear our message.  What they can not ignore is that somewhere deep down inside their hearts buried under everything they can throw on top of it to distract from it is the conviction of the Holy Spirit for their sin and the witness to the reality that God is real.  They can never rid themselves of that completely and so their hate never dies.  They reject God and in that they reject us. 

This same rule holds true with worldly Christians.  They will be just as offended by someone living for Christ or preaching righteousness because they have embraced the ideas of the world.  I will make a bold statement that many so-called carnal or worldly Christians are not even Christians at all.  They like the idea of salvation, but only in that it allows them to live the fallen lives they desire with no real consequence.  Others may have been brought up in the church, but never made that faith their own.  Sometimes that is the fault of the parents for making sure that they had all the worldly influence that they could stand.  Whether they are Christians or not, they are just as bad as the world when it comes to being offended.  In fact, I would say that I have received more complaints from worldly Christians for this blog than I have from unbelievers.  What they fail to realize is that it is not so much that this blog is offensive to them as it is about their lives being offensive to God.  Surely, they do not want to hear that. Surely they want to believe the lie that having drunken parties is good but writing about how that is an offense to God is bad.  Surely they want to believe that celebrating relationships clearly forbidden in Scripture is better than pointing out what the Bible has to say.  They claim that they are saved by Jesus Christ, but yet they still would rather live in pretend ignorance to their dark deeds than to actually repent of them and make their faith something other than a tragic joke.  They love the world and everything about the world and they represent a real-life modern-day Demas. 

So what does this all have to do with political correctness?  Political correctness is the general term for compromising values and quality to be less offensive. It is a military allowing women to fight on the front lines so as not to be offensive. It is about a military allowing openly practicing homosexuals to share tents, dorms, and foxholes with potential lovers or eye candy with the other soldiers have no recourse whatsoever.  You hurt our military so as not to hurt feelings.  In the church, it is about compromising our message to be more liked by the world.  We seem to forget that the world is our enemy.  While we are called to love our enemy, we can not expect our enemy to love us back.  In fact, it is only through Christ that we even have the strength to love our enemies.  The world is unwillingly and incapable to love us as we are.  We learned why before.  We learned that the world hates us because we are the light that ruins the darkness they love.  If the world hates us because we are light, then that leaves only two ways to be make ourselves more loved by the world.  The first is to diminish our light and the second is to hide it. 

We hide our lights by trying to cover it.  We think that if we shade our light others will accept us more.  There are several problems with that, the first is that it is completely dishonest.  It is willfully being untrue to who we are in Christ.  The other problem is that it goes against what Jesus said when He told us to let our lights shine before men.  We have so many churches that do not display any crosses and try to not talk about things like sin and judgement.  We think we are being clever luring people into our "seeker-sensitive" churches but all we are doing to deceiving people into accepting a watered down version of the Gospel.  You are not changing lives, you are just filling seats. 

Even worse are those Christians so desiring to be loved by the world that they diminish or put their lights out altogether.  This is serious and represents the worldly Christian.  They want to be part of the world system, they want to have worldly friends, they want to do worldly things. They see no problem with going out drinking with their unsaved friends, marrying an unsaved person (sometimes even of the same sex), disagreeing with the Bible whenever it conflicts with their chosen lifestyle, and reject any semblance of holy living because it does not fit in with their worldly values or worldly goals.  They are a shame to the cross because they claim to be Christian but show the world that it has zero effect in their lives.  They claim to believe in God, but they show the world that God is subservient to their desires.  Personally, I honestly believe that the worldly Christian is one of the worst kinds of Christian, if even they be a Christian at all. 

In the end, we must shine our lights before men no matter what offense it may cause.  We can not be surprised at the world's rejection of us or our message.  Jesus told us it would happen.  We live in a place that is not our home among a sin culture that is the antithesis of what we are called to be in Christ.  We are lights exposing their acts as sin and they hate us for it.  We can not bow to political correctness.  We can not crumble in the face of persecution.  History has taught us that the best witness is the one that remains true throughout the worst kinds of persecution.  We will not win souls by making ourselves like the world, but we will win souls by proving to the world that God is real by standing strong in our beliefs and lives no matter what the world may throw at us.  You are the light of the world, shine brightly for the Lord. 
You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all [who are] in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.   Matthew 5:14-16 NKJV

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