Newscasters will freely offer their 2 cent frowning comments after a story that has political correctness overtones. They will chime in to reinforce the cultural shift toward tolerance. Tolerance toward what exactly? Where is the universal meter that guides their views on what is right and what is wrong. When confronted with the P.C. police, we need to humbly yet boldly ask, "Says who?". Who is the one making these broad sweeping judgments of what is right and wrong?
For those whose faith is in Jesus Christ, our final authority is God and his word. That is "who says". That is why and how we know right from wrong. That is why we can call certain behaviors wrong. That is why we can call sin, sin.
But for the ungodly, this is not so. They do not acknowledge God, but in fact hold his statutes and judgments in unrighteousness.
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse. Romans 1:18-20The Lord said that we must be wise as serpents and innocent as doves. Our walk with the Lord is on display to those around us daily.
We are a witness to the One who lives within us:
when we give a loving response instead of an angry one.
when we give a soft answer that turns away wrath instead of a smartalick remark.
when we give generously to someone in need instead of pinching pennies.
when we speak the truth in love, instead of saying it bitterly or staying quiet to "keep peace".
Our behavior and conversation reveal who we are trying to please. Is it our hero, our brother, our Saviour, our King, our Messiah our deliver, our redeemer, our GOD? Or is it people. We fear what people can do to us.
They might fire us from a job.
They might talk bad about us to others.
They might remove us from their group, clique, club, or "circle'.
They might flat out reject us.
But there is only ONE whom we must fear:
Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have:for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me. Hebrews 13:5,6We have a reason and a measuring stick for right and wrong. Says who? God.
The Lord is on my side; I will not fear:
what can man do unto me. Psalm 118:6
We must be bold in our culture today. We must ask those who cry, "intolerance!" one question.