By: Chris Thomas
Previously, we have discovered the Merriam Webster defines “politically correct” as “conforming to a belief that language and practices which could offend political sensibilities (as in matters of sex or race) should be eliminated”. With that in mind, we would define being Biblically correct as “conforming one’s life to the belief that the Bible is the guide and authority by which all areas of life must adhere to Biblical truth and principles”. Belief is an important element in the Christian life, but Jesus wants more. He wants us to follow. It will serve us well to remember that anyone can “believe” but not everyone can “follow”. It is important to remember that the only gospel some people will ever see is that in the life of a Christian. It is a sobering thought to realize that weight is upon our shoulders. How can we be BC in a PC world? Here are a few principles to remember in being BC in a PC world:
1) It must be contextual. One of the most damaging ideologies seeping into our political landscape is the usage of Scripture out of context. One of the liberals rallying cry is “From everyone who has been given much, much will be required”. It is taken from the words of Christ found in Luke 12:48. It was used periodically earlier this year in defending their rhetoric of raising taxes on the rich. Separately, that verse looks well to defend that philosophy but contextually, that rhetoric is far from its original intent. The original intent speaks to what the believer is doing with the enlightenment and knowledge received at salvation. Commentator John Gill writes concerning this verse, “the more knowledge a man has, the more practice is expected from him; and the greater his gifts are, the more useful he ought to be, and diligent in the improvement of them.” Jesus is urging his disciples to be more proactive in sharing the light of their salvation in Christ to others who have not received that light. It is nothing about money. Point being, we must make sure that every belief and every doctrine that we teach, preach, or practice must be in the right original context as ordained by the Holy Scriptures. Taken out of context, any verse of Scripture can be twisted in such a way to mean what an individual desires it to mean. This is a practice warned about repeatedly throughout Scripture.
For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths. (II Timothy 4:3,4)
For certain persons have crept in unnoticed, those who were long beforehand marked out for this condemnation, ungodly persons who turn the grace of our God into licentiousness and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ. (Jude 4) (Commentator Albert Barnes explains the phrase “turn the grace of our God into licentiousness” as “Abusing the doctrines of grace so as to give indulgence to corrupt and carnal propensities”. This is done by taking the words of God out of context and far from its original intent.)
I am amazed that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you by the grace of Christ, for a different gospel; which is really not another; only there are some who are disturbing you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you, he is to be accursed! As we have said before, so I say again now, if any man is preaching to you a gospel contrary to what you received, he is to be accursed! (Galatians 1:6-9)
It is important to remember, those who twist truth or those who rather listen to twisted truth do so at their own peril. They are not seeking truth to please God; they are twisting truth to satisfy themselves. The aforementioned statement may not be a politically correct one, but there is no denying that it is a Biblically correct one. (Re-read II Timothy 4:3,4 previously mentioned)
These are grumblers, finding fault, following after their own lusts; they speak arrogantly, flattering people for the sake of gaining an advantage. (Jude 16) (A word study of “grumblers” in this text would be an eye opening experience in how remarkably close it can describe our society today. Adam Clarke explains it as: complainers of their fate or destiny – finding fault with God and all his providential dispensations, making and governing worlds in their own way; persons whom neither God nor man can please.)
All Scripture quotations are NASB.