Jesus was politically incorrect, are you?
Have you ever considered how politically incorrect Jesus was? He didn’t go with the flow of the crowd or conform to the same ideas and thoughts based on which group of people He was with at the time. Yet in modern day America, we have political correctness invading every part of society; our skin color, our heritage, our gender, our sexuality and even religion. I daresay, it’s gotten out of hand.
Americans now have no standard of truth because we are too afraid to offend anyone.
Jesus was not open-minded when it came to truth.
In Jesus day, the Pharisees and scribes represented the thought police of His day. Jesus’ entire message through His ministry was to counter the cultural political correctness of His day with a bold declaration of the truth.
Jesus didn’t change His message based on who was following Him. In Luke 14:25 we see the beginning of a parable taught by Jesus, it begins by telling us that a large crowd was following Him,yet in the previous parable, Jesus was sitting at meat presumably with a small crowd. But His message didn’t change. He still spoke truth the crowd. A message they weren’t expecting.
The passage is lengthy but let’s take a look:
Luke 14:25-35 And there went great multitudes with him: and he turned, and said unto them, If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple. For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it? Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him, Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish. Or what king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand? Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an ambassage, and desireth conditions of peace. So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple. Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be seasoned? It is neither fit for the land, nor yet for the dunghill; but men cast it out. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.
Jesus had boldness in speaking to this crowd because He knows the truth. He wasn’t afraid to go against their culture. Likewise, pretty much everything we do in this world is done in front of a crowd thanks to social media and the internet. If you do anything politically incorrect you are likely to get noticed and shamed in front of a large audience. Kim Davis, Cecil the lion and racist Twitter comments…just to name a few.
In this parable, Jesus starts His message by saying that we need to be ready to give up everything, every relationship, and even our own life to be a disciple of Jesus. This first part is the requirement to come to Jesus. How many people actually do this today? How many new age preachers are there actually preaching this concept?! Not many. Christians today want a religion that makes them feel good. They are making Christianity to be all about the people and what they can gain from coming to Jesus instead of what we need to be doing for Jesus.
We need to be politically incorrect to follow Him.
If you don’t count the cost of discipleship ahead of time and determine that you are willing to pay the price, you will be mocked.
If you do count the cost and have what you need to pay, you will build a tower – a great accomplishment – like this parable teaches.
The cost in this case is our willingness to give it all. Everyone can do that – you don’t have to be rich.
When Jesus says that we must forsake all that we have, it also means our own pride. We as the kings of our lives, must go to Jesus and say I am outnumbered, what are the conditions of peace?Paul did this when Jesus said, it is hard to kick against the pricks. We must go and ask Jesus what the conditions of surrender are, ask Him what you need to forsake in order to give all to follow Him.
Jesus was politically incorrect in front of the crowd. The multitude was not expecting a message of complete surrender to Christ. His message is also politically incorrect for today. We are saturated with a sense that self love is the only love that matters today’s culture. This is true in marriage, relationships, and everything we do. The world screams “love yourself!” while Jesus commands, “die to self”.
Maybe that’s making a stand against homosexuality, maybe that’s wearing skirts year round, maybe it means pulling your kids out of public school to start homeschooling or maybe it’s not tolerating sinful behaviors among your family members. It’s time to start being politically incorrect and start taking a stand for Christ. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.
Your turn! How politically incorrect are you? Are swimming upstream against the crowd or are you going with the flow? Let’s chat in the comments below!
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