13th May 2017

Political Correctness

“Be devoted to one another in love. Honour one another above yourselves.”
Romans 12:10 (NIV)

Society in the 21st century is acutely cognizant of political awareness. Political correctness demands that there be no discrimination against race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age and disability. Often these principles are either taken to ridiculous extremes or, conversely, are totally ignored.

There is another discrimination that lies under the surface of our social order and that is the absence of any reference to God. Our news bulletins carry stories of tragedy and catastrophe with no reference to the God of the universe who is man’s refuge. 2 Samuel 22:3 says, “my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation. He is my stronghold, my refuge and my saviour—from violent people you save me.”

Any mention of God is generally understood to be a conversation stopper. If attempted, an embarrassing silence is sure to follow. God is out of the picture, rejected and reviled.

What does God say about Political Correctness? He tells us in His word, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord.” (Isaiah 55:8) The truth is that God set in motion a set of standards way back in ancient Israel that were intended to be the foundational values of society applicable to all. Mankind rejected them and created chaos and bloodshed. Jesus Christ came on this earth to magnify the law and make it honourable. The Apostles recognized this, as Paul said in Romans 2:10-11 (J. B. Phillips), “But let me repeat, there is glory and honour and peace for every worker on the side of good…For there is no preferential treatment with God..” See also James chapter 2—salvation is for all!

The apostle Paul gave an instruction that echoes down the centuries, it is as crucial today as when he wrote it. The header scripture says, “Be devoted to one another in love. Honour one another above yourselves.” This supersedes any of man’s edicts that are well intentioned but fall short—simply honour your fellow man or woman above yourself.

Prayer
Father, since we turned our backs on you we have blundered around in confusion. Thank you for sending Jesus—He has shown us a more excellent way which we follow by the grace of the Holy Spirit.
Amen

Study by Irene Wilson

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About the Author:
Irene Wilson is a Deaconess in the Watford Congregation of the Worldwide Church of God UK, where she also serves on the Pastoral Council.

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God Watford
St. Peter’s Church
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Watford, Herts.
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