If it is possible to hate words, there is a combination of two that I loathe: “politically correct”. In essence, this phrase means that no one should ever say anything that could potentially offend someone else. The very concept is ludicrous, but many hold to the idea as their life creed. What they really mean is that there is no such thing as absolutes—there is no absolute truth, so absolute right and wrong. Political correctness demands that everything be acceptable and that no one stand up for anything except for the right to stand up for nothing.
It is impossible for a born-again, blood-bought believer to be politically correct in today’s world. If you and I are obedient to God’s Word—which, by the way, is neither optional reading or politically correct—then we will stand in the midst of the current of the world which is rushing in the opposite direction from where God would have us go. If you find yourself fitting right in with societal norms without notice or discomfort, you should be concerned.
Jesus spoke the truth, and He was anything but popular. His proclamation of God’s truth eventually led to his mock trial before the Jewish religious leaders, as well as being brought before Pilate, the Roman governor over the region. Jesus told him, “For this I have been born, and for this I have come into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice” (John 18:37b). Jesus says that the ones who hear and accept Him are the ones in whom Truth dwells—all others are excluded! That isn’t very politically correct, is it?
Look at the reaction of Pilate, however, and see the reaction the world always has toward truth: “Pilate said to Him, ‘What is truth?’” (John 18:38a). Sound familiar? It should, because that is the very thing we hear today from the world. When we proclaim Jesus as the only way to heaven, which He claimed for Himself in John 14:6, the world says, “Who are you to say that? So what if your Bible says that Jesus is the only way to be saved. I believe something different, and that is just as valid.” How utterly ridiculous! Try using this line of thought the next time you get pulled over for speeding: “Well, officer, I know the speed limit was 35, but I believed that the speed limit was 55. I really believed it, too! I told everyone I know that 55 was the speed limit on this road. That counts, right? Because I believed it, I won’t be held accountable, right? After all, who are you to tell me how fast I should drive?” (Actually, it would probably be best if you didn’t say any of that.)
No one in their right mind would argue against a law enforcement officer in a case like that with such arrogance. And yet, the world shakes its little fist at God and those who proclaim His truth. It always has, my friends, and it always will. The truth may not be popular, but the truth is always right.
If you ever see me and I have something in my teeth, I want you to tell me. Yes, I might be embarrassed, but I will feel much better knowing that you cared enough about me to not let me walk around with something stuck in my teeth! You see, standing up for the truth, and speaking out for it in a loving way demonstrates our love—not only our love for others, but our love for God. And when we stand up for truth, we are standing up for the One who is Truth.