Political correctness drives me crazy. I am not one who wishes to offend people just for the sake of being offensive, but we have taken the concept of “being P.C.” so far that it becomes ludicrous.
Sometimes, it is more than just bizarre, though. Sometimes, people get to politically correct that they end up being offensive in their attempt to avoid being offensive.
Who are usually the offended in these situations? Christians, of course.
Such was the case during the 2013 Post-Inaugural luncheon, when “Reverend” Luis Cortes ended his prayer. These were his closing words:
We have all joined in this prayer in our particular god’s name, and I in the name of Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior. Amen and Amen.
So, no matter who you were praying to or through, Cortes (ahem, the “Reverend” Cortes) decided that it was all okay. For him, personally, he was praying through Jesus, but for you…well…it didn’t matter.
I have a bit of experience in a similar situation. Last year, I was invited to lead prayer on the floor of the Tennessee State Senate, during a general session. A couple of weeks before I went, I received a letter explaining that I should not try to put “my religion” in the prayer. Thankfully, however, the Senate letter did say that they understood that certain religious beliefs would be inherent in the prayer.
So, I led a prayer that was directly to God the Father and was, unashamedly, through Christ Jesus. There are Jews in the Tennessee Senate, and I am sure there are other religions (or those who are basically non-religious) represented as well. But I do not care about the setting. Talking to God is serious business.
Why would I take it so seriously?
Because I serve, to borrow from Mr. Cortes’s words, a “particular” God. The Lord God Almighty does not feel that I can make room for other “gods” and think that I am okay.
- Exodus 20:3: “You shall have no other gods before me.”
- John 14:6: “I am the way, the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through me.”
- Acts 4:12: “And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”
The Old Testament lays down the principle as clearly as possible:
Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.
Jesus, then, stated that these words were one of the two commands upon which the whole law hangs. It does not sound like the God of heaven is pleased when we even acknowledge another god, much less tell others it is okay to pray to whomever they choose.
That may sound very “un-P.C.,” but I serve a very particular God, and He brings truth and joy to my life.
He alone is God, and may we not only remember that, but stand for it.
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