To say it’s a jungle out there may be the understatement of the year when trying to evaluate ones views or thoughts represented in the title of this blog. I will be the first (well maybe not the very first:)) to say we Christians should default on the side of gracious words and actions in our everyday lives. But to do so for reasons other than obedience to the heart of the Father is to fall into the secular trap of an, I’m ok you’re ok humanistic belief system.
Scripture is full of exhortations to sacrifice for one another by deference, servant hood, patience, going the extra mile etc. The truth is there is no monopoly on these ideas in the church. Our society has embraced these and other feel good concepts in giant bear hug fashion. So what’s the difference is there a difference, what’s the motivation and most important – what are the results.
I suggest the reasons Christian and secular camps join the chorus of political, social, religious and racially proper speech are quite similar. Although there is a desire for the purpose to be seen as coming from a place of being thoughtful, compassionate or considerate, I will put out there the real motivation comes from a very different place – fear. Fear of offending, fear of losing friends, fear of sounding harsh, fear of losing financial support whether political or charitable and perhaps most telling is the fear of not being accepted.
Why is the religion of Islam constantly referred to as “the peace loving religion of Islam” when it is clearly written in the Koran that Muslims must maintain a state of war against the “people of the book” (Christian and Jews) until they all convert, pay the head tax or are killed? Why is murdering babies called a choice? Why is accepting gay marriage called showing equality? How can there be a “no fault” divorce? Why is welfare often called giving a “leg up” when it more often teaches someone to just sit down. When someone lies why do we give them a pass by allowing them to say they “misspoke”? Less modesty in dress is being called “fashion forward”. Resisting changes in societal or religious principles is called “being on the wrong side of history” and holding firm on long-held Biblical standard is called being narrow, unreasonable, intolerant or rigid.
We all can understand fear on some level and because of that we get the fact of fear being a brutal taskmaster. But when we are controlled by fear, whether in secular society not using the term radical Islam or in religious circles where calling out sin is a rare occurrence, everybody loses except the radical and the sinner. It is counterproductive to ignore wrong or embrace the humanistic feel good mantra of the day. I could give a lot of opinions as it regards secular society, but the real damage is being done in and by the church. The politically correct influence of not judging has become a tsunami like flood quietly rising at ever-increasing levels only to flow back out carrying with it death and destruction. This attitude has become the church’s worst enemy not to mention an enemy of the costly cross of Christ. The Father is not the least bit interested in seeing his eternal standards and the sacrifice of His only son sold down the river in favor of pandering to some compassionate sounding approach to the very things that destroy us.
I believe true followers of Christ should be more interested in a both/and approach where justice and mercy boldly embrace (Ps. 85). But instead the church is starting to look like just another club to join where we the emphasis is on getting along. This is a losing proposition which serves neither the Father nor we sinners and where fear (Satan) is the big winner. In contrast, Godly motivation prefers one another in love and is born out of a place of servant hood originating from the heart of God. It may be kind, speaking the truth, a rebuke, a gift or acts of service but fear is nowhere to be found.