Column: "One Layman's Outlook": Don't make God politically correct

Monday, October 27, 2003

by Larry Elkins

A few weeks ago I was talking to one of our sales people at work. He mentioned having to deliver the products that he had sold. With a mocking whimper he said, "I don't wanna be a delivery man!"

I thought about it for a minute while he took another load of papers to his car. I told him that he wasn't a delivery man. He was our "product transportation specialist."

The new title seemed to satisfy him. However, I started thinking about names.

Politically correct titles never really concerned me. I still use the word "colored" at times. My wife got on to me because I jokingly asked where the country of "Hispainia" is located. I refer to my great-grandmother as an Indian, not a Native American. I myself am a "red-neck," not a Dentally Challenged Rural American. I go to a barber shop, not a styling salon and I drive a used car not a previously enjoyed vehicle.

I don't think there is anything about me that is politically correct, but I do realize that names are important. My children used to be happy eating "raw toast" for breakfast, until my wife told them it was just plain bread. I found out several years ago, it's alright to "hit a rabbit," but never tell the kids that you "ran over a bunny."

A friend from church once told me, people don't mind if you say, "Jesus is Lord," but they take offense when you say, "Jesus is God." I can see, if you're not a Christian, how you might have a problem with that statement.

John 1:1 (King James Version) says, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." Verse 14 tells us, "And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth."

Personally, I read this and believe in the "Trinity of God." Some will read it as "Jesus only." One thing you cannot read into it is "created being." Verse 3 clearly states, "All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made."

He was there in the beginning ---- before anything else, Jesus said, "I Am." That was John 8:58, "Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am." That also happened to be the name God called Himself when talking to Moses, "I am, that I am."

Jesus is God. You can get over it or get into it, but don't try to make Him politically correct. During His ministry, Jesus called King Herod a fox. He told Peter, "Get thee behind me, Satan." He called Judas, friend, after his betrayal. The ruling council of Jews, the Sanhedrin, Jesus called a generation of vipers, and the religious Jews He called hypocrites. Jesus even told the Roman governor, Pilate, "Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above..." That's John 19:11.

Jesus did not disrespect authority. He paid His taxes, and obeyed the law, because He understood the law better than the politicians that enforced them. However, Jesus did not stand for people abusing the authority that He, as God, had given them. Romans 13:1, "Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God."

As far as politically correctness go, Jesus will correct everything politically when He comes back. Revelations 19:15 "And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God."

Until then, we have to know that we are not going to find spirit of brotherhood through political correctness. Names and labels are just letters. II Corinthians 3:6 says, "Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life." The spirit of brotherhood is only found in the Spirit of God by which we minister the new testament through the love of God and the blood of Jesus.

There's that Trinity again.

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