Live Inoffensively

There is a thought in America and within the Christian community that rejects political correctness. A reason why might be very simple. Many of us feel the other side is cheating or gaining an unfair advantage because we are limited by God, and we don’t believe the others are following acceptable standards for living. We don’t believe that we should be forced to follow rules that the other side isn’t following and we are tired of it being used as a weapon against us. We are acting as if we are rebelling against people, but when we reject political correctness, we are rebelling against God.

Matthew 15:10-11
10 Jesus called the crowd to him and said, “Listen and understand. 11 What goes into someone’s mouth does not defile them, but what comes out of their mouth, that is what defiles them.”

Matthew 15:18-20
18 But the things that come out of a person’s mouth come from the heart, and these defile them. 19 For out of the heart come evil thoughts—murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander. 20 These are what defile a person; but eating with unwashed hands does not defile them.”

The bible never promises that those who do what is right will never lose anything or struggle. Jesus promised that we will have trouble in the world. We are too focused on what we are losing or gaining in this life. We look for tangible benefits, and we don’t easily understand the benefits we can’t hold and see.

John 16:33
33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

Political Correctness was turned into a bad word, but is actually just another word for demonstrating love. We can be honest without being vicious. We can live by our standard without demonizing their standard. We can maintain our culture without attacking their culture. There is no reason why we can’t disagree with love. I heard recently a statement on the radio related to this. “Love spoken about is easily dismissed, but love demonstrated is irresistible.” When you do things to hurt people, but tell others you love your neighbor, God will not be fooled. Others will find out and see you as a hypocrite. Love correctly as you have been instructed to do; love others as yourself, putting no one else below or behind you.

Titus 3:1-11
Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good, 2 to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and always to be gentle toward everyone.

3 At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. 4 But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, 5 he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, 6 whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. 8 This is a trustworthy saying. And I want you to stress these things, so that those who have trusted in God may be careful to devote themselves to doing what is good. These things are excellent and profitable for everyone.

9 But avoid foolish controversies and genealogies and arguments and quarrels about the law, because these are unprofitable and useless. 10 Warn a divisive person once, and then warn them a second time. After that, have nothing to do with them. 11 You may be sure that such people are warped and sinful; they are self-condemned.

We all were called to live as Jesus did. He expects us all to be disciples, not just believers. Believing is the bare minimum effort. How do you react in your own lives when someone does the bare minimum effort in a job you give them? We all ask for things from a mechanic, janitor, restaurant chef, customer service or retail employee. Does it bother you when they don’t give full effort? It also bothers God when we don’t give full effort. The lack of effort says you don’t feel the work is worth your physical or mental expenses. It could also mean that your effort is better spent elsewhere. Both of these things indicate a love for something above God. It might be a symptom of a far more simple and troubling condition, you may not actually believe in Jesus at all.

1 Peter 1:13-16
13 Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming. 14 As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. 15 But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; 16 for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”

Demonstrating love for your neighbor means that you don’t purposely offend them. It also means that you are careful with your words and actions so not to offend others. This isn’t because of them, but because of you. Your carefulness shows intent to be obedient to God and that intent demonstrates your love for God. Your act of self control when you do not purposely offend another demonstrates your love for others, which also demonstrates your love for God. Live inoffensive lives not for your neighbor, but for yourself. All of us will be judged by our actions and words. Just because believers are saved does not mean there will be no consequence for disobedience and wickedness.

Matthew 12:33-37
33 “Make a tree good and its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad, for a tree is recognized by its fruit. 34 You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good? For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. 35 A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him. 36 But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken. 37 For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.”

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