Political Correctness in the Church

By: Woody Godbey

I thank God for my Church and Pastor and for all the others who continue to preach the Christ and Christianity of the Bible. The political correct crowd in and out of the church love you use LOVE! So that's where we will start.

People define love in the Bible as being Christ-like. What does it really mean to be "Christ-like?" Before I answer that, I want you to know that many Preachers and Churches have redefined the Christ of the Bible just like they have redefined Christianity that is taught in the Bible. So, what does it really mean to be "Christ-like?" John said we should walk as Jesus walked. Let’s look at the gospels Matthew, Mark, Luke and John to see how OUR Jesus walked. Instead of looking at His teachings, let’s look at His actions. Let’s look at what Jesus actually did, rather than what we would like to believe about Him!

Jesus did not preach the good news only. His prophecies about the future and teachings on hell were often very frightening. His teachings are not some "here are my feelings, what do you think?" philosophy.

Almost every time Jesus went into the temple it was to have controversy with wicked Leaders. (John 2: 7-8, Mark 11, Luke 19,

Matthew 21). When He visited the synagogues there was controversy

(Luke 4), (Mark 1-3). When was the last time you heard a sermon on hell?

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In Matthew we find that Jesus rebuked His followers and irritated religious leaders by healing on the Sabbath. He called Pharisees hypocrites and vipers, and didn’t care when they were offended because they didn’t like that He "walked and dressed outside the lines of their man-made religion." He rebuked Peter, was irritated and infuriated at people’s unbelief, and stood up for children.

In Mark we see Jesus was angry and distressed at stubborn hearts, "borrowed" a colt without permission, and cursed a tree and it died.

In Luke He said true but insulting things to people from His home town, rebuked John and James, insulted religious leaders, made sure His disciples were armed with swords, and referred to Herod as a "Fox."

In John He made a whip and drove business men from the temple and vandalized their property. He talked to a strange woman (against the custom), called people on their doubt and double mind-ness, offended people with His hard teaching, and called religious leaders children of the devil. He considered it better to let Mary use expensive perfume on Him rather than sell it and give the money to the poor, and showed no respect for the high priest.

Jesus praised His cousin, John the Baptist, who judged and publicly ridiculed Herod for adultery. "For I say to you, among those born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist." Can you imagine Jesus apologizing to Herod for what His cousin said about Herod’s adulterous lifestyle?

This was the kind of person who drew great crowds of thousands, yet often made people feel uncomfortable. His brand of kindness was not always a sweet medicine. If, Webster says, nice means to be pleasing, agreeable or socially acceptable, then Jesus was not very nice. His life and His death proved that point.

The principle of give or forgiveness, loving, and sharing, was what Jesus preached and practiced. But never did He intend to imply that a Christian under His New Testament teachings was not obligated to obey the commandments which He, Jesus, in His preexistent state, had written with His own finger! The Christian Church would not have advanced beyond Jerusalem and would have been stopped before it got started if it had relied on the timid, soft-sell propaganda that is used today to define our Lord.

The original Disciples paid with their lives for doing what they believed Jesus would do. Jesus showed us how to live and how to die. He showed us how to uphold God’s purpose for our lives and has called us to be His salt and light in a dark and dying world. You cannot refuse His call and still call Him Lord.

Whoever claims to live in Him must walk as Jesus did. Those that customize Jesus in order to justify all matter of wrongful behavior, are the same frauds that teach He will reject no one for His kingdom. The Pharisees of Jesus’ day were religious fanatics that were spiritually proud while being morally corrupt. They were hypocrites. They persecuted Jesus and finally succeeded in killing Him. Redefining Christ and Christianity is no different.

Do I sin? I sin enough for you, me and every reader but I do not condone my sins or anyone else's. At the beginning of each day I do my best to begin my daily walk as Jesus walked. At the end of the day, I see how miserably I failed and confess knowing that Jesus is faithful and just to forgive me of every sin and to cleanse me from ALL unrighteousness. I will never stop trying. But false teachings of today have declawed the Lion of Judah! Walked as Jesus walked! God Bless!!