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The danger of bad Biblical teaching

Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness. -James 3:1 Words matter. We can use words to bless, words to harm, words […]

Political correctness shows why we need the gospel

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Comedian Kevin Hart. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Last week, it was announced that Kevin Hart would host the Academy Awards in February. But then some Tweets were unearthed that used the word “gay” in a negative light. The Tweets were several years old, but as a result of the backlash, Hart withdrew from hosting the awards show two days later.

I notice several theological themes in our current social discourse.

Law 

With modern political correctness, there are a dizzying amount of rules. And there is no consideration given to historical context or accepted norms. The rules are treated as universally binding. In June, an award named after famed writer Laura Ingalls Wilder was changed due to the fact that Wilder used terms for Native Americans that were common in her time and vernacular.

The modern PC movement reminds me of the Pharisees in the gospels. The Old Testament had laws, but then the Pharisees added laws on top of laws. So many rules and laws that it became impossible to follow. It was crushing. Jesus railed against the pharisees for placing crippling burdens upon people. Constantly changing language.

The destructive force of our words

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Originally published as “Only you can prevent forest fires: the destructive force of our words.” Originally published, February 20, 2017

I was in Florida several years ago and Florida was having wildfires. Some areas were evacuating. If a person smoked a cigarette, they were told that they couldn’t throw it on the ground or it would start a fire.

Something so small, such a small amount of smoke, could start a huge fire.

With our words, the tongue, a relatively small part of the body, can be hugely destructive if a person isn’t careful.

James uses fires as an illustration for the destruction that our words can cause. “How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire!” (James 3:5).