Recently, I viewed a cartoon on Facebook posted by Liberty News Network that really struck a chord and led me to reflect on the sad state of affairs that plagues our world today. The character in the sketch walked passed a XXX movie theater, a poster of scantily clad women, and TV listings of violent programming. He then to stumbled upon a small manger scene to reply in disgust how offensive the manger scene appeared to him. I stared for a few moments, realizing how it so accurately reflected the place we had landed as a nation; calling good evil, and evil good. The concluding factor of this “innocent” cartoon drove the point home for the importance of being politically correct.
The bible calls us to confront, and speak the truth in love.
Ephesians 4: 14-15, “that we should no longer be children tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, but speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ.”
Unfortunately, many have experienced some negatives of Christianity in the form of words of condemnation instead of conviction, and judgment instead of correction. Pointing out moral issues in an attempt to inspire positive growth requires appropriate communication skills which challenge many. We, as Christians, are called out of complacency to confront. God actually tells the mature Christian to stand up for spiritual truths. Years of failing to do so, has led to moral decline, because in the absence of action by good, evil rushes to rule. A minority have been quick to scream and yell discrimination, cry that their rights are being violated, and make social changes affecting the majority that have led to the decline of family values and moral principles.
Prior to the prohibition against prayer in the schools, the headlines in the news consisted of moon landings, the Beatles coming to America and the Cold War. Now, headlines scream of children being slaughtered by deranged psychopaths, abuses where children should feel safe, and innocence being stripped at the youngest of ages! School violence and psychotic rampages encourage average Joe citizen to turn their homes into arsenals, and to educate their children at home. But, let’s not offend atheists or other religions with allowing the majority of Christians to say a few prayers. “Ecck, that’s offensive.”
Students respect for authority and respect for teachers has declined after the removal of prayer from schools. Bullying has increased and has become a major issue, sparking campaigns to address the issue because of the increase of suicides directly linked to the topic. Can we say being politically correct improves life for the majority – not if the current moral climate is any indicator.
The rights of the unborn still spark excessive debates. People scream women’s right to choose, but the child’s right to live remains insignificant in comparison. One might ask the question, why?
Psalm 127:3-5, states “Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.”
I saw a statistic on Planned Parenthood that stated 98 percent of the women leave their facilities without a baby. Followed by the statistic were questions about the name of the organization. This organization doesn’t encourage parenthood, but abortion, and the government funds such ventures at the taxpayer expense. As a tax payer, I feel I should have the right to refuse to fund such an abomination against children. What the institution fails to mention is the psychological trauma to women selecting their “approved” option. Easy solutions often have long term ramifications unrealized during decision making. America feeds off of instant gratification at the expense of healthy solutions that work, but require discipline.
God so loves children, he states harsh warnings for crimes against children.
Matthew 18:6 states, “But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened around his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.”
The purpose of this diatribe is not to condemn women who have had abortions. We want to be there to perpetuate their healing and restoration, but not to encourage others to make this choice. The same goes for same-sex marriage. Maine became the most recent State to legalize gay marriage. I personally have no vendetta against any gay individual. It’s not about judging the person. It’s about what the Bible says about it. The Lord refers to sex between same-sex individuals as an abomination just as he calls heterosexual sex outside of marriage as sin. It’s not about judging individuals, it’s about saying no to sin. We all fall short, and the Lord extends grace, but I still find it hard to condone something the Bible says isn’t acceptable.
The Bible serves as the best book on boundaries and moral living that yields positive results when followed. I share its ideals not to condemn a person’s choices and lifestyle, but to speak truth and life to individuals. We all have fallen short; it’s not to sling mud. Experience taught me, that when I follow the boundaries outlined in the good book, my life bears positive fruit, and when I step outside the limits, I find my life veering down a path with questionable outcomes I never intended.
United States is known as a country founded on Christian principles and religious freedoms. Statistics state that 87% of the population still claim to follow the Christian faith. It amazes me that a country with such a high population of Christians can follow this corruptible path. If Christians continue to embrace complacency over action, not standing up for their beliefs, society will continue to get worse. Political correctness trumps spiritual truth. Americans, by remaining silent and failing to act, gradually yield their constitutional rights to a government, with little resistance. Abraham Lincoln said, “We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the Courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.” As an American, I should have the right to refuse to be taxed to pay for such things as abortion, and benefits for same-sex couples. By doing so, I am forced by the powers that be, to support acts that conflict with beliefs. People need to realize that the government no longer represents the majority of America. By calling good evil and evil good, we pervert God breathed truths on living morally. Scriptures explains that speaking the truth in an appropriate way shows love, not judgment.
1 Corinthians 13:4-6, “Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth.”
As responsible Americans, we should seek opportunities to appropriately share truth, stand up for our rights, and share the Gospel as God calls us to do.