19th December 2018

PC 

“And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.”
Mark 12:30-31 (KJV)

To be politically correct is a trait that is growing in the 21st century. It promotes awareness in speech and behaviour that protects minorities in our society. It is illegal to use certain terms – no longer can people verbally abuse others, particularly in misguided humour. Jokes about ethnic minorities are no longer acceptable.   Political awareness prevents people from being marginalised due to race, gender and other factions of society. It has created a consciousness on the impact of what we say and do. All good one would think – except we are human with problems of balance and extremes.

An example of this proclivity is an incident that occurred in a church immediately before Christmas last year. The church had been bedecked with flowers, there were banners, a huge tree adorned with baubles, stars and Christmas posters – the entire building glowed. The traditional service took place, and all was well. However, after the service an elderly lady approached the vicar with a complaint. She asked, “Where is the crib?” The nativity model had been overlooked. The chagrined vicar apologised and immediately sought out the crib and placed it in the church.

The lady in question saw past the bright gaudy decorations and looked for Christ – He was missing. In some circles today, Jesus Christ is not politically correct. He is not mentioned, excluded from conversation. PC could stand for ‘Prevent Christ.’ The ancient prophet declared that this would happen “He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem” (Isaiah 53:3 NIV).

How ironic that the Son of God, the Creator of the universe should be forgotten – despised by our modern society. He, who came as an infant child, who experienced all that we do and finally died abominably on a cross – why? For us – the society for whom He died, the society who chooses to deny Him.

It is right that we respect and love our neighbours – this is not ‘political correctness’; this is God’s law given millennia before the 21st century. It is preceded however by a commandment to love our God – Jesus Christ – with all our heart.

Prayer
Father, forgive us for our sin and foolishness in denying you, our great God. Thy kingdom come when mankind will bow before you and give you the glory you deserve.
Amen
 

Study by Irene Wilson

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About the Author:
Irene Wilson is a Deaconess in the Watford Congregation of Grace Communion International, where she also serves on the Pastoral Council.

Local Congregation:
Gracecom Watford
St. Peter’s Church
61 Westfield Avenue
Watford, Herts.
WD24 7HF

Meeting Time:
Saturday 11AM

Local Congregational Contact:
George Henderson
Phone: 01923-855570
Email: george.sueann.henderson49@gmail.com

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