The Politically Correct Jesus

In our increasingly secular society, the person of Jesus evokes a variety of reactions, and after two millennia, remains a controversial figure. He’s admired and ridiculed; revered and rejected; embraced and dismissed. However you may feel about Jesus…whether as God or as a great teacher or as a deranged individual–he still is the central figure in all of human history. As such, both what Jesus said to the world in general, and asks of His followers in particular, demand our scrutiny.

But close scrutiny of Jesus will lead us to understand Him in a way that does not fit into a politically correct context in which all “truth” is equal. (For our purposes, I define Political Correctness as the “chic” moral ideology of the day advocated and fleshed out in the public square by self-appointed gatekeepers of public opinion to the point where that definition becomes “fashionable.”)

Jesus was not open-minded when it came to truth. He stated that He was THE truth—which flies in the face of political correctness that tries desperately to not step on anyone’s sensitivities. Unless of course, that person belongs to the group whose moral ideology the gatekeepers want to replace with their own.

Political correctness would try to make Jesus “fashionable” in an effort to de-deify Him and make Him more palatable to our culture. But Jesus calls us to be salt and light, not chameleons. If we are Christ followers, changing colors may allow us to blend in, but at the expense of preservation and dispelling darkness.

As such, we need to understand what our culture is saying when it talks of diversity, tolerance, and other popular politically correct concepts and how they clash with what Jesus taught. Political correctness is all about accommodating, and ultimately, shaping the culture. But Christ calls us to a counter culture.

The challenge is how should we respond to truth in a culture that seeks to dilute our beliefs and dumb-down our faith?

To do that requires a new model—and that’s the mission of this blog. To suggest that no higher level of “correctness” exists than to embrace the political incorrectness of Jesus.

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