Politically Correct or Lukewarm?!

A frequent buzz phrase of today is ‘politically correct’ or PC, as it’s commonly referenced. Why is this phrase and subsequent acronym so hot today? The answer lies in the definition. According to Merriam-Webster, being politically correct is “avoiding language or behavior that could offend a particular group of people.” Crystal clear, right?

America has become the land of acceptance and tolerance and anything not deemed as such is hate speech. We went from free speech granted by the 1st Amendment to canceled and censored by big tech. This is not new information – unfortunately, it’s well established and known by the masses.

The alarming truth is that Christians have succumbed to the PC culture as well. For fear of offending, we’ve become silent. We don’t share Biblical truth because we don’t want to step on toes. It seems there are two categories of PC Christians: one who still believes the full word of God and lives it, but doesn’t want to be confrontational; and the other that believes the Bible, but often caves to the pressures of the world.

The latter is dangerous territory. Frankly, in some cases, this could easily be called being lukewarm. God had strong words for this. In Revelation 3:15-16, Jesus said, “I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.” In Matthew, we are called salt and light. Salt holds off corruption. But consider what Matthew 13 says, “you are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.” It goes onto to say we are the light of the world! We are called to shine our light before others that they may see Jesus!

To state the obvious, it is not easy to be a Christian. The world continues to do everything possible to remove God. If you proclaim your faith, you will certainly be attacked in some way. The quote that gets tossed out without fail is, ‘God said to love your neighbor!’ The moment you share Biblical truth that offends – ‘well, God is love…God loves everyone!’ Yes, He does love everyone, but He does not condone sin because He loves you. Or another favorite, ‘you are not God…only God can judge me.’ No, Christians are not God and should never claim to be. But we are called to follow God and following God means sharing His word. We don’t get to pick and choose which parts of the Bible to follow. If we only share the easy parts, like ‘God is love’ and ‘love your neighbor,’ we are possibly cheating someone the opportunity to live in the fullness of God’s will!

To the Christians that believe the entire word of God but avoid potential confrontation – pray that God gives you the wisdom and courage to stand proudly for Him! 1 Peter 3:15 gives us guidance. “But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect.” Delivery matters! If you speak Biblical truth in forceful arrogance, it will fall on deaf ears and potentially cause some to turn away for good. For us to let our light shine, we need to study God’s word and pray often. He will equip us to live our lives successfully for Him.

It takes boldness to live for Christ. You will be hated by some. Jesus reminds us in John 15:18, “If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you.” We are living in the last days. It is vitally important, now more than ever, that we are steadfast in our commitment to God and His will.

Let your light shine brightly, friends!

Until next time,

Erica Lee

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