PC Christianity!

With all the hub-bub surrounding the issue of political correctness on our college campuses and in our politics, I can’t help but see the same movie being played out in modern christianity. The church has become an institution full of men and women afraid to speak their minds and hearts concerning what is truth and what is not. For instance, folks will sit back and listen to a fear-based message regarding taking or not taking the mark of the beast. The pastor clearly warning everyone that to take the mark, even if it is to feed their starving family, in lieu of the world economic system being overtaken by a global bank; would mean the loss of their salvation. Everyone of course saying, ‘Amen’; while simultaneously trying to convince themselves that they would rather die, take a bullet, etc. before making such a terrible choice! The whole time knowing deep in their hearts, where Christ dwells, with the perfect love of God, that the message is nonsense! Unfortunately, what this really means is that folks are willing to die rather than face the pastor and tell him that he is not teaching truth.

Now I don’t know about anyone else, but what this clearly says to me is, that if a person is unwilling to face the pastor of his or her local church; how in the world do they expect to face down one of the devils henchmen and say, ‘Go ahead and kill me; but I refuse to take the mark!’ Unfortunately, this is political correctness at its best!

Matthew 15:1-6 – Then the scribes and Pharisees who were from Jerusalem came to Jesus, saying, “Why do your disciples transgress the traditions of the elders? For they do not wash their hands when they eat bread.” He answered and said to them, ‘Why do you also transgress the commandment of God because of your tradition? For God commanded, saying, “Honor your father and your mother”; and, “He who curses father or mother, let him be put to death.” But you say, whoever says to his father or mother, “whatever profit you might have received from me is a gift to God”- then he need not honor his father or mother.” Thus you have made the commandment of God of no effect by your tradition.’

Colossians 2:8 – Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the traditions of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ.

John 5:39, 40 – You search the scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me. But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life.

Author’s note:

My friends, let us not be afraid to challenge tradition with truth. That we may keep our eyes, our ears, and our hearts firmly fixed on the life giver and finisher of our lives who dwells within us!

Commentary by:

George L. Miller

P.S. I challenge anyone who has not only looked at the life, death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ through the lens of scripture, but who has also received his life, to tell me that He was traditional or politically correct!

 

 

Hotel Rwanda

My wife and I watched a movie last night called Hotel Rwanda. The movie was centered around a Hutu hotel manager, who actually turned the hotel into a refugee camp in the midst of the genocide of his people. The hotel was owned by a wealthy Belgian who did step in towards the end and help. However the international community did little or nothing; expressing a callous indifference that ultimately culminated in the slaughter of a million people. The entire movie of course had my attention; and I was sadly indignified by the lack of concern shown by the United States. But there was one particular scene that caught my attention and brought the entire theme of the movie home in an instant. This scene involved actor Nick Nolte, who portrayed a U.N peacekeeping general and actor Don Cheadle as Paul Rusesebagina, the hotel manager. As the scene unfolds, a U.N. force that had been promised to rescue the people had arrived. However, much to the surprise of Nick Nolte, the U.N. troops were only given orders to evacuate and rescue the U.N. citizenry. In other words, the Hutu’s, men women and children were to be left behind. And it was Nick Nolte’s unfortunate responsibility to deliver this news to Paul. Basically what he told him is this: Paul, in the eyes of the world, you are worse than black; you are African. You are a non-person! Therefore, it is easy for the international community to turn a blind eye. Now here is the part that struck me personally; not that the whole thing did not strike me personally; this part gave credence to some of what my wife and I have experienced since being cast out of what we used to consider church. Paul was not so surprised by even the brutality of his own people killing each other as he was by observing an entire international community’s response! Because it is completely understandable that men in leadership lose their heads sometimes and make terrible decisions; which in turn draw others in. It is an entirely different matter, however, and becomes down right shocking, when an entire community witnesses with sober mind these injustices, and does nothing. Or worse yet, continues to serve and protect the guilty!

In retrospect, I was not overly shocked by the religious men I encountered in this ordeal that stuck to their tradition with the proud tenacity of a Pharisee. I was shocked however, by friends and family members that agreed we were telling the truth yet did nothing to stop these men from leaving us behind. Friends and family members, which by the way, and worse yet still protect and serve the guilty! I don’t know about anyone else, but I would find it very hard to sleep at night if I were on the other side of the page!

Author’s note:

My friends it is not a pastor’s job to rule over us! The position of the man of God is given by the authority of Christ Himself to come alongside the saints, and oversee to their spiritual needs. That we all come to the unity of the faith through the knowledge of the Son of God! If a pastor is abusing the honor of pastorialship by belittling or bullying the saints; it is our job, our obligation towards one another in love to stand up and use our voice to stop the injustice!

Lord, embolden our spirits with the unfathomable power of your love for us, that our love not be in hypocrisy! Fill us with the power of Your Presence, that we may go boldly before the throne of grace; when the hour is at hand, and we must step up to the plate to refute injustice! We thank You Lord that You hear us, and that You always hear us! We love You Lord! In Jesus precious Name…Amen! God bless you all!

Commentary by:

George L. Miller

This poem grasps the theme of this commentary with brutal clarity and finality. Thank you Christal for bringing it to our attention!

“First they came for the communists, and I did not speak out—
because I was not a communist;
Then they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—
because I was not a socialist;
Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out—
because I was not a trade unionist;
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
because I was not a Jew;
Then they came for me—
and there was no one left to speak out for me.”

― Martin Niemöller