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.
In part two of our series on Jesus being politically incorrect we are going to take a close look at how Jesus pointing out how men are not good, one man in particular. Telling people that they are not good, that they are sinners by nature and need forgiveness and repentance in order to go to heaven goes against the grain here in America.
Daycares no long tell children no, in fear of hurting their self-esteem and self-expression. People fear letting a friend know that they are wrong and need to change. Pastors are preaching a feel good gospel that’s all about you, to make you feel good instead of convicting messages on sin and God.
Because people don’t like to be told that they aren’t naturally a good person, people have stopped saying it in order to be politically correct.
But how is this way of living helping us any? We are a prideful people, too full of ourselves to see our need for a Savior. We have teenage punks running our streets. Drugs and alcohol abuse are a rampant problem. We have offended people going on shooting rampages in order to feel superior.
We live in dark, scary times and being politically correct is hurting us, not helping us.
Let’s take a look at the rich young ruler in Luke 18. He asks a simple yet loaded question.
Luke 18:18 And a certain ruler asked him, saying, Good Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?
Seems simple enough, doesn’t it? But when you really take time to look at it you see how full of himself this young ruler is. Referring to Jesus as Good Master was his way of making it known right off the bat that he didn’t believe that Jesus was divine. If we compare the Luke passage to similar passages in the other gospels we do see that this man was sincerely searching for eternal life, which went against the way his peers thought. But he just couldn’t let himself fully believe that Jesus was divine. Addressing him as ‘good’ was giving Him high praise but was still lumping Him in with an earthly rabbis.
Note that the rich ruler also had phrased his question in a way that revealed how he thought about heaven. There is nothing anyone can do to get into heaven.
Luke 18:19-23 And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? none is good, save one, that is, God. Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honour thy father and thy mother. And he said, All these have I kept from my youth up. Now when Jesus heard these things, he said unto him, Yet lackest thou one thing: sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me. And when he heard this, he was very sorrowful: for he was very rich.
Jesus gently reminds this man that you can not work your way into heaven. While you may think that good works get you in to heaven, you need to know the being of who gets you there. And that was what this rich young ruler was missing. He didn’t know the Being.
Jesus immediately addresses the issue of His deity in His first words of response to the young man. While also pointing out to this man that not even he is good. Try as he may by following the listed commandments.
Too many people want Jesus to be their good master, but not their God. Good masters give advice but God gives us commandments. You can ignore a good master, but you cannot ignore God.
In calling Jesus good master, the ruler was giving himself an escape hatch to whatever Jesus might say so that he might dismiss it as advice.
Jesus in his opening statement forced the ruler to choose, but there was also a dual purpose. Knowing the man’s thoughts, Jesus subtly reminds him that all men are sinners.
Although Jesus had set him up for a fall, notice that Jesus was not trying to humiliate this man. Jesus did not come to make fun of people, but to seek and to save that which was lost. In Mark version of this story, it says that Jesus loved him. Jesus showed His love for this man by saying the hardest thing for him to accept.
Every man must choose for himself. Even God will not force your hand in this matter.
Telling people they are not good is not politically correct.
Jesus was politically incorrect, are you?
Catch part one of the series here:
Your turn! Are you tired of the politically correct nonsense going on in America today? Are you willing to go against culture and be politically incorrect? Let’s chat in the comments below!
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