June 3, 2012
Let those who delight in my righteousness shout for joy and be glad and say evermore, "Great is the Lord, who delights in the welfare of His servant!" Then my tongue shall tell of Your righteousness and of Your praise all the day long. Psalms 35:27-28
Political correctness. We live in an age of political correctness.
Political correctness is a good thing when it protects an individual from stereotyping, discrimination, bigotry, intolerance, injustice and prejudice. Everyone I know is 100 percent in favor of that kind of political correctness.
Of course, being politically correct can be a struggle.
Sometimes, without any malicious intention, I find myself being politically incorrect and stepping on someone's toes. Without thinking a bit about political correctness I have actually used the term, "fireman," rather than the politically correct, "firefighter." I have spoken about hanging my "Christmas lights," but now I'm told I ought to be using the more acceptable and politically correct, "holiday lights."
Political correctness. We live in a politically correct age, which has made a criminal into someone who is "ethically challenged," and a shoplifter into a "cost-of-living adjustment specialist."
Pretty soon I imagine we will say someone who has died is "living-impaired" or "metabolically challenged."
Now you may scoff at how far such things have gone, but I do hope you will never find yourself "factually unencumbered" or be a "non-possessor of knowledge," when it comes to Jesus and your salvation.
No, we dare not be spiritually challenged when it comes to God's blood-bought gift of eternal life. Scripture is clear: the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life.
Now those words may not, for some, be politically correct, but they are God's Word. And it should be enough to make us shout for joy and declare to all around us, so they may know we believe our Lord is great. It should be enough to help us share the joy we have received because of the Lord's righteousness and praise.
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, the world wants to minimize the concept of sin. Help us recall that every sinner is a lost and hopeless soul. Then, let us also remember the sacrifice of our Savior who gave Himself so that our eternity might be changed. Let us remember and proclaim the joy we have in Jesus. In His Name. Amen.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries