What were the first five posts in this series on the vile nature of political corectness?
- The Introduction — PART 1 (familyallianceonline.org)
- What Is The Effect Of Political Correctness Upon Our Education System? — PART 2 (familyallianceonline.org)
- What Is The Definition And Origin Of Political Correctness? — PART 3 | Prince William-Manassas Family Alliance (familyallianceonline.org)
- What Is The Relationship Between Political Correctness And Sin? — PART 4 | Prince William-Manassas Family Alliance (familyallianceonline.org)
- What Is The Character Of Those Who Promote Political Correctness? — PART 5 | Prince William-Manassas Family Alliance (familyallianceonline.org)
In Part 1, we considered examples of political correctness. In Part 2, we looked at the importance of the proper instruction of our young people. In Part 3 we examined the meaning of political correctness. In Part 4 we consider the role political correctness has in enabling us to sin. In Part 5 we contemplated the character of those who demonize their opponents using the technique of political correctness.
Here in the final post of this series we examine a most difficult question.
What Should Be Our Response To Poltical Correctness?
The politically correct would have us believe that tolerance is the supreme virtue. Is it? Consider the definition of the word “forbearance.”
Essential Meaning of forbearance
formal : the quality of someone who is patient and able to deal with a difficult person or situation without becoming angry
//He showed great forbearance in his dealings with them.Forbearance | Definition of Forbearance by Merriam-Webster
When we forbear with what we consider the bad behavior of someone else, we don’t tolerate that behavior like we would the unpleasant chill of a cold winter’s day. Instead, we concede we don’t like that behavior. We may even express our disaproval. Nevertheless, we examine the ethics of the situation. If the perpetrator of what we think bad behavior is acting within their God-given rights, then we must accept the fact that we must allow them to follow the dictates of their own conscience as they see fit.
Why must we recognize each others God-given rights? There are two reasons. The first is that God is sovereign over all of us. God is God. Not you. Not me.
The Apostle Paul put the matter this way.
When Paul wrote the Book of Romans 1 NASB – The Gospel Exalted – Paul, a – Bible Gateway, he was, of course, addressing Christian converts. Nevertheless, even Pagans and Atheists belong to God, even though they may not wish to serve Him. Because God is sovereign — because God gives us our rights — so long as they do not violate the rights of others, we must even respect the rights of Pagans and Atheists to follow the dictates of their own consciences. That is why the apostles followed the example of Jesus and spread the Gospel through persuasion, not by force.
What is the other reason we must forbear with each other? God commands us to love each other.
Jesus, when He sacrificed His life for us, showed us what it means to love our neighbor. Consider this excerpt from Liberal tolerance is a lie by Everett Piper.
Biblical love stands in direct contrast to the counterfeit of liberal tolerance. Love that is patient. It is not found in rioting against others who disagree. Love that is kind. It is not witnessed in ruining the lives of those who think differently. Love that protects does not fall in line while others are forced to comply. Love is willing to break rank, even when doing so is quite unpopular. Love never fails to speak up when tolerance is silent. True love—that is, Christian charity—sacrifices self-comfort for the sake of others. It doesn’t ridicule and mock them because they have different views than us. True love steps in the way and tells people like Don Limon to “Stop!” True love cares, while tolerance could not care less.Liberal tolerance is a lie (washingtontimes.com)
Note what Piper says about love. When we love our neighbors, we pay no heed to political correctness. We don’t allow ourselves to be silenced. We don’t parrot the politically correct phrases of the moment just to get along. We speak the truth in love.
Why do the politically correct demand our acquiescence with and even the approval of their beliefs? They love their sins too much to give them up, and they don’t want to hear the truth. Instead, because their consciences plague them, they are desperate for us to affirm them in the sinfulness. That includes copying their behavior and sinning as they sin. However, as Christians, God calls upon us to remain firm in steadfast love and to refuse to be intimidated. God may require us to forbear with the sins of our neighbors, but He forbids that we give our approval.
Is there anything new about political correctness? No. Even in the First Century God called upon Christians to oppose political correctness.
At age eighty-six, Polycarp, the second-century bishop of Smyrna and disciple of the apostle John, was brought to the Roman authorities and ordered to confess that Caesar is lord. Though doing so would have saved his life, Polycarp refused and was murdered, inspiring others to remain faithful.
Considered apart from Polycarp’s story, it was not unusual to refer to Caesar as kurios, the Greek term for “lord.” In the original Greek, kurios can mean simply “sir” as a polite and slightly exalted way of referring to another human being. Or, it can refer to a master of many slaves or servants. However, neither of these meanings were in mind when Rome applied the title kurios to the emperor. Instead, kurios signified divinity when used of the Caesar. Faithful Christian that he was, Polycarp could not call Caesar lord without violating the most basic tenet of the faith (Ex. 20:3).Continued => Jesus Is Lord | Reformed Bible Studies & Devotionals at Ligonier.org | Reformed Bible Studies & Devotionals at Ligonier.org
We have no way of knowing how many Christians died in the First Century, refusing to affirm Caesar as their Lord. Even today we have no way of knowing how many Christians are dying refusing to accept political beliefs that put men and the things of man before God. We just know that God requires us to stand firm in our faith out of love for Him and for our neighbors.
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