Politically Correct

John Koedyker

READ : 1 Corinthians 12:12-27

Political correctness is “in.” The phrase itself gives the impression that there are certain political positions that are to be accepted as the best or “correct.” At the heart of political correctness is the belief that one should not do or say anything that some other group would find offensive. That is not all bad. Christians need to agree in principle that respect should be shown toward all people. That is the gospel truth! Unfortunately, the gospel has not always been lived out that way and hurtful words and actions have been used against certain groups and individuals. That should not be. All people matter to God because they are created in His image.

The rub comes, however, where certain political positions are judged to be better than others. It is not unusual for Christians to disagreepolitically. Political correctness has little use for religion. Toleration is supposed to be the highest value for the politically correct, but what often happens is that they are intolerant of other positions. A better stance for the Christian is to be “biblically correct.” Being biblically correct means following God’s Word in all aspects of life. That is not easy, but God has given us wonderful guidelines regarding life in the body of Christ. If we would put these instructions into action, no one would feel offended or excluded.

PRAYER

Father, help us to please You by appreciating and respecting every person we meet. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.