The Narrow Road May 2016

Bob_Anton_Narrow_RoadIt’s been said that Political Correctness is ruining America.  I wholeheartedly agree.  It is both common sense, as well as common courtesy that a person should measure one’s words in order to avoid unnecessarily giving offense to another.  The key word being ‘unnecessarily’.  However, when the cultural climate has reached a point where virtually any statement that does not conform to that climate is deemed offensive, we have gone off the deep end.  What P.C. has done to America is stifle discussion and debate and that, is a recipe for totalitarianism. 

I was going to provide a list of ways that I have been negatively labeled, marginalized or outright dismissed because I have honestly disagreed with the activities, lifestyle choices or ideological position of a person or group of persons.  However, since I would in fact unnecessarily offend some readers, I have decided to refrain from doing so. Nonetheless, let me point out that in order to arrive at truth, we need to be open to dialogue. Ideas must be examined, challenged and if deemed faulty, rejected.  Similarly if such ideas are found to have merit, they ought to be accepted either in part or whole.  However, in the current American social climate, dissenting views are completely unacceptable.  Those who claim to be the oppressed, regardless of race, creed or gender continuously demand tolerance, yet often they are the least tolerant of all.  If one does not march in lock step with their particular belief, then one is vilified.  Well, the truth is that when any one group or party is able to crush dialogue through a process of physical intimidation, name calling or economic reprisal, that group has ceased to be the oppressed and has in fact become the oppressor.

The 11th chapter of the Gospel of Luke, records a run in Jesus had with a group of religious leaders of His day.  These men had assumed authority over a large portion of Jewish society and through religious intimidation, forced the common people to kowtow to their particular brand of religion.  This upset Jesus greatly and although He tried many times to enter into meaningful dialogue with these men, they repeatedly shut him down and demonized Him. These confrontations culminated in a direct verbal assault by Jesus, upon these men and their corrupt practices.  After what most certainly would have been several minutes of publically blasting these men for their hypocrisy and ungodly character, Jesus was interrupted by a lawyer. The lawyer warned Jesus that He insulted the group of religionists by challenging their position and that he offended the lawyer’s own group as well.  In other words, the lawyer went P.C. on Jesus.  Jesus responded to the lawyer by openly attacking the hypocrisy and ungodliness of the lawyers as well.

You see, for Jesus, truth trumped political correctness. He was unwilling to remain silent for the sake of what was expedient or politically correct.   Jesus didn’t try to offend people, but He knew that confronting people with the truth would inherently do so and He had the courage not only to listen, but when necessary, to boldly speak.  Truth was so important to Jesus that He was willing to die for it.  Can we find such courage?  “Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.”  Winston Churchill.

You think about that…

God Bless and See you on the road

Bob Anton: Christian Motorcyclists Association

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