LUKE 6:22-26: “Blessed are you when people hate you, avoid you, insult you, and slander you because you are committed to the Son of Man. Rejoice then, and be very happy! You have a great reward in heaven. That’s the way their ancestors treated the prophets. “But how horrible it will be for those who are rich. They have had their comfort. How horrible it will be for those who are well-fed. They will be hungry. How horrible it will be for those who are laughing. They will mourn and cry. How horrible it will be for you when everyone says nice things about you. That’s the way their ancestors treated the false prophets.” (Luke 6:22-26 GW)
OBSERVATION: Should Christians be politically correct? We live in a day when everything we say is scrutinized. Even an honest critique can be misconstrued and accused of being hate speech. In light of this ever increasing hostility directed toward honesty and truth, what is a Christian supposed to do? Should a Christians just keep quiet and tow the line? Or, should a Christian rise up and boldly speak the truth in love?
This is a question that each individual believer must ask themselves. It is also the very things Jesus was referring to when He gave His Sermon on the Mount. “Political Correctness” is really nothing new. It is simply the kingdom of darkness opposing the truth of the Kingdom of Light. Jesus Christ was not crucified because He healed the sick, or fed the 5000, or walked on water. Jesus was crucified because He bore witness of the Truth in the midst of a dark and sinful world. So Jesus reminds His disciples, and us – “Blessed are you when people hate you, avoid you, insult you, and slander you because you are committed to the Son of Man.”
Jesus was not extending this blessing on people who were intentionally insensitive, hateful, bigoted, or rebellious. The Lord never commends or condones such behavior. However, there is a difference between these attitudes and speaking the truth in love. Jesus is speaking about the sincere disciple of Jesus Christ choosing the pathway of light, in the midst of the causeway of darkness. The world will naturally hate, avoid, insult, and slander those who are truly standing for the truth of God’s Word. This is something that happens every day.
The question we must ask ourselves is are we willing to count the cost of true discipleship?
The cost of true discipleship is nothing new. The prophets before us were treated this way by their own people. The disciples were treated this way by the Jewish elite and the Romans. And today, those who take a stand for truth and righteousness are called narrow minded, bigots, hate-mongers, ignorant, and fundamentalist wackos. And this is for those who simply are committed to Jesus Christ and stand up for the principles of truth in the Bible. We are living in a swelling tide of opposition to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Our Christian brothers and sisters around the world are already suffering persecution for their faith, some paying the ultimate price of martyrdom. How will we respond as believers?
We have two choices. We can pick up our cross and follow Jesus, being obedient even unto death. Or – we can compromise and succumb to the unyielding pull of political correctness.
This is what Jesus was referring to when He went on to say…
- “But how horrible it will be for those who are rich. They have had their comfort. How horrible it will be for those who are well-fed. They will be hungry. How horrible it will be for those who are laughing. They will mourn and cry. How horrible it will be for you when everyone says nice things about you. That’s the way their ancestors treated the false prophets.”
So, we can line up behind Jesus, the prophets, and the disciples who all were willing to count the cost. Or, we can line up behind the “false prophets” of old who deemed the comfort and acceptance of this world greater gain than the cross of Jesus Christ.
The cross always demands an answer. Our actions and our lives speak our answer louder than all of our words combined.
Lord, grant me the grace I need to count the cost and line up behind Your Cross!
In Jesus Name!