Sent: Tuesday, November 06, 2001
Subject: Being Politically Incorrect
Dear Ethan & Emily:
In today’s world of individualism, personal space, and rights to privacy, it is “politically incorrect” to try to offer advice or get involved in the lives of others without their asking for your involvement in their lives. The prevailing attitude is: “I’t’s my business and I’ll do what I want to!” Yes, that is true, but as Christians we are responsible for trying to lovingly help our Christian brothers and sisters get “back on track.”
We are told in Galatians that “…if a Christian is overcome by some sin, you who are godly should gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path. And be careful not to fall into the same temptation yourself. Share each other’s troubles and problems, and in this way obey the law of Christ. If you think you are too important to help someone in need, you are only fooling yourself. You are really a nobody.” Galatians 6: 1 – 3″
Who wants to be a nobody? And certainly we should try to obey our Lord as that is how we demonstrate not only our love for others…but for Him.
We are not to be busybodies (take note of the words “gently” and “humbly”), but taking the initiative to counsel a Christian friend or acquaintance about their behavior and to lovingly admonish them may be a “politically incorrect” thing to do from the world’s standpoint but most certainly is “spiritually correct.”
Sometimes this can be a hard and discouraging experience. But the writer of Galatians reminds us: “So don’t get tired of doing what is good. Don’t get discouraged and give up, for we will reap a harvest of blessing at the appropriate time.” Gal. 6: 9
So, let’s be proactive doing good….even if that means being “politically incorrect” in our relationships with others!
Have a great day,