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Summary: A sermon for Independence Day 2015 on Luke 9:26- Are we ashamed? (Outline and material adapted from Alan Stewart at: http://sermons.pastorlife.com/members/UploadedSermons/sermon_2548.pdf)

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HoHum:

It all makes sense now. Gay marriage and marijuana are being legalized at the same time.

Leviticus 20:13 says if a man lays with another man, he should be stoned. Just misinterpreting

WBTU:

That is so politically incorrect. PC is ruining us as a nation. Some dictionaries give the flavor of it: “Language or conduct that deliberately avoids giving offense” “Conforming to a belief that language and practices which could offend political sensibilities should be eliminated.”

SOME THINGS ABOUT PC CAN BE WELCOMED.

As Christians we are to avoid words that are filthy as described in Colossians 3:8.

In the concern to avoid words that offend and upset people, this encourages us to consider others. Where greater care is taken and sensitivity is shown, this must be acknowledged as right by Christians who are exhorted to “Be kind and compassionate to one another” (Ephesians 4:32).

However, PC is clearly more than calling for respect and good manners. It goes far beyond this into another realm that should cause us deep concern. A goal of PC is to tear down biblical Christianity. According to PC, no one should ever be guilty of telling another person that he is a sinner in the sight of a Holy God. The s-word and the h-word (sin and hell) are off-limits. Instead of being sinful people, we are simply spiritually challenged people. As for hell, it doesn’t even exist, and if by chance it really does exist, no one is going there, because there are no sinners, according to PC.

If anyone goes against PC, they are guilty of hate-crimes, they are bigots, and they should be permanently silenced... And all this is in the name of tolerance (popular word for PC)!

Get right down to it, Jesus Christ is anti PC. Consider the account of Jesus' public ministry given in the New Testament. The first word of his first sermon was "Repent!"--a word that is anti PC. The first act of his public ministry touched off a small riot according to John 2. He made a whip of cords and chased moneychangers and animal merchants off the Temple grounds. That initiated a three-year-long conflict with society's most distinguished leaders. They eventually handed him over to Roman authorities for crucifixion while crowds of people cheered them on.

Jesus was pointedly, deliberately, and dogmatically countercultural in almost every way. No wonder the leaders of his generation were so hostile to him.

Would Jesus receive a warmer welcome today? Anyone who has seriously considered the New Testament knows well that he would not. Our culture is devoted to pluralism and tolerance; contemptuous of all absolute or exclusive truth-claims. Contrast with “Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No-one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6.

As Christians we are followers of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is unconcerned with being PC. We need to avoid being malicious, hateful and foul mouthed but we will never be PC.

Luke 9:26- We need to be concerned with pleasing our Master, Jesus Christ. Are we ashamed of Jesus Christ and His Words?


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