Romans 12:2 “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”
The term “politically correct” is a term often used in conversation when talking about the cultural expectations of how we converse. It first began to be used in the 1970s when the American New Left began using the term. In the essay The Black Woman: An Anthology (1970), Toni Cade Bambara said that “a man cannot be politically correct and a [male] chauvinist, too.” Thereafter, the term was often used as self-critical satire.
Today, if you say something that the world deems as offensive you are considered to not be politically correct. Special advocate groups may claim a term as offensive, Hollywood or the news media picks up on it and begins to circulate the idea as being biased or hateful if someone uses the term, and then if it goes far enough, legislation is enacted to make it criminal to use such remarks.
In the 1950’s and 60’s, transvestites were considered to have a mental illness, today it’s celebrated in the world. Dating back to the mid-nineteenth century, laws were set in place to counter farmers who would dress like native americans to avoid taxes. In New York, dating back to 1845, it was declared a crime to have your “face painted, discolored, covered, or concealed, or [be] otherwise disguised… [while] in a road or public highway.”
Today, transgenderism is the ‘PC’ hot topic and has emerged as a central focus in the public sector including schools, government, and of course social media. By the world’s standards, what was offensive in the past is considered normal and accepted today.
How do we navigate through the myriad of changes in society as Bible believing christians?
Romans 12:2 "And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God."
The world may change but God’s Word and His standard of Holiness never changes.
The Church that Jesus established was never called to be correct in their assessment of world policy, unfortunately the church has not always upheld the standard that Jesus set for her.
Matthew 5:43-44 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you.”
It shouldn’t matter what a person represents in this world. Homosexuality is no more egregious a sin than adultery or fornication and yet the church has treated people differently based off how they view a particular sin. Bias towards the color of a person’s skin or their nationality has invaded the church practices in times past and the way they treat others. Social status, political affiliation, or past life decisions have been determining factors in whether the church showed real love or not.
I will stop and posit a thought here: those who have called themselves followers of Christ and practiced these demonstrations of hatred are not a part of Christ’s church. Hatred is equivocal to murder in God’s eyes and I’ve yet to meet a fellow christian who is perfect. The people who have practiced such open discrimination and hatred are more guilty than the crowd who had gathered and were holding stones prostitute caught in adultery.
John 8:7 “So when they continued asking Him, He raised Himself up and said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.”Jesus–
Our mandated Response
We are not in a position to throw stones at anyone. Those who are living in sin have been brought under judgement by God—not us. Condemnation and hatred are qualities of Satan who is continually in defiance against God and His people. Why would we want to exhibit anything that resembles our adversary?
We can fight to change our laws, advocate for leadership that exhibits godly values, we can share love and grace to those who are wrestling with their identity or sense of who they are. Protecting our children is vital as well as governing our own minds against the filth of this world.
Jesus’ prayer for us:
John 17:11 “And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.”
If our love does not only meet but exceed the love that the world demonstrates, we will lose our opportunity to transform our world for Christ. Jesus holds the key to life, hope, and happiness, it is just that the world doesn’t know it. We have to show them all of the qualities that Jesus exemplifies and the way we do it is to become more like Him.
I’ve wrote quite a bit recently on the work of the Holy Spirit, becoming like Jesus is a key component of the Spirit’s work in our lives. Submitting to the Spirit is a process of allowing the attributes of God, what He values, how He sees the world, to become our attributes.
We are not called to conform to this world. We are called to conform to the work of the Spirit in our lives. They way we respond to the world is how God does…..in Love.
1 Corinthians 13:4-7 “Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”
The world makes claims like “love is love”, they are wrong. The world doesn’t know what true love is because they don’t know the love of the Father. Sensual love is a very small part of love’s expression and yet that is what the world chooses to focus on. The perfect manifestation of love is when it flows from God. Every aspect of love is exhibited like a rainbow of colors after a rain when the love of God is manifest in this world..
We are called to express this kind of love to others.
Not being politically correct is to not accept sin as being normal. We can speak in a love the world hears without compromising our position, it takes craftiness and wisdom so that we don’t eliminate others from the testimony the Lord has called us to present.
Whether we are talking to a person who has given themselves over to a common cultural ideology or a political position, we as believers must be able to overlook their lifestyle and see the person for how God sees them—-valuable.
Can you do it?
Can you get past your cultural beliefs and biases to exemplify Jesus to the world? If you can, you are ready to share the gospel of law and grace to those who would hear.
When they see your love and the hope you present, I pray they will come to know the love of God that you have experienced and known—-it is by this that we will change the world.