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God Doesn’t Need To Be Politically Correct


I AM

When Abraham asked God, Who are you?, the Maker of the Universe answered, Is. 

In the prophecy of the final days, He describes Himself: “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty” (Rev 1:8).

How would you describe yourself?  Would you do it by your occupation?  Your age?  Your physical description?  Your personality traits?  By the company you keep?  By the things you have or have not accomplished during your time on this planet?

God knows how to describe you.  As the Creator of everything, He is the only One who can see straight to our true hearts.  The Psalmist says it this way: “Why art thou cast down, O my soul?  and why art thou disquieted within me?  hope in God: for I shall yet praise Him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God” (Ps. 43:5).

In one of the famous lines from the TV classic, The Cosby Show, Bill Cosby tells his television son, Theo, “I brought you into this world, and I’ll take you out.”  God could do that.  In fact, there are countless examples in the Old Testament where God’s patience wore thin and His vengeance was wrought against a people who had been given every chance to believe and still persisted in worshiping other gods, in sinning, in denying God’s omnipotence.  Think Sodom and Gomorrah.

Paul assures us, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).  Jesus warns us to remove the moat from our own eyes before worrying about the speck in others’ (Matthew 7:3).  We are all guilty of something.

So, what do you plan to do about it?

Jesus held the world to a standard of perfection because He Himself was perfect.  He threw the money changers out of the temple, but He also allowed Himself to be flogged and crucified by the authorities as a sacrifice for my sake as well as yours.  Jesus said things that were true and cut to the heart, but He said them with love, and He promised peace.  All He required was our surrender to Him.

So, what do you plan to do about it?

In today’s world, what if we tried speaking God’s truth in love with an end goal of peace in mind?  What if we didn’t worry about what other people thought about us as long as we knew that God was at the core of our actions?  What if we could be sure that our pride had nothing to do with what we had to say, in other words, that our eyes were clear of moats?

Paul describes Jesus,

By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.  And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience: And patience, experience: and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us (Romans 5:2-5).

In a world that grows increasingly hostile to truths based on God’s word and not modern, “enlightened”  ideas, where what feels good seems more popular than what is good, I am convinced that Christians need to strive to wear the armor of God.  Barbara Mandrell had a song when I was a kid–I Was Country, When Country Wasn’t Cool.  In America today, we are facing an environment where being Christian is no longer cool.  Our children are encouraged to do more than dress in certain clothes, and expressing an opinion on the wrong side of the political landscape could literally lead to dire consequences.

So, what do you plan to do about it?

The peace of God, a peace that transcends understanding, is the kind of peace that can whisper in a whirlwind and be heard.  To follow the example of Christ is not to condemn with hatred in our hearts, but to love others enough to gently lead them in the narrow way to God.  But first, we have to be sure that our own walk is being made as Christ holds our hands.  And that means prayer, introspection, fellowship, and study in His word.

In the coming days, your faith may be tested.  You may no longer have the luxury of practicing your faith in a bubble.  You may have to step out and say things that don’t make you popular with people but keep you on the narrow path that is the walk with God to eternal life.  It is God’s place to judge, but it is our place to spread the good Word of the grace that can mean salvation for anyone who is willing to believe.

So, what do you plan to do about it?

God doesn’t need to be politically correct.  He IS.  In God, there are no politics, only a kind of truth that sees the heart and does not waver.  The Bible speaks of peace as the blessing of God.  This peace is our ultimate gift on this earth, not happiness or shiny cars or pretty jewelry or the right clothes.  This peace does not waver in the face of opposition or hardship.  It is constant because it relies solely on God, and He never wavers.

So, what do you plan to do about it?

Go in peace and love that only God provides, and know what you plan to do about a world full of darkness for which you have been chosen to shine His light.

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Author:

I am a 40-something Texan with a feisty cat and a supportive husband of 20 years. With a Master's degree in English with an emphasis on creative writing, I have taught creative writing at Texas Tech, won awards for my writing and been blessed to be mentored by Horn Professor and poet Dr. Walt McDonald. I earn a living by helping my husband's family run a health food store, but my avocation is writing. I hope you enjoy reading about some of my triumphs and tragedies as I continue to work on figuring out what life is all about and on growing my ability to share my writing. May your own journey be a blessed one.

2 thoughts on “God Doesn’t Need To Be Politically Correct

  1. This blog(?) TRULY resonates with me. Thank you. We need to discuss pulling these together for publication (in your spare time.)

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