Beware the RPC!

There aren’t very many things in this world that I despise, but Political Correctness is right up there. Cloaked as cultural sensitivity (and I’m not denying the importance of being aware of others’ feelings), “PC” is that insincere, say-the-right-thing-on-the-outside-chance-you-might-offend-someone mindset that reached its nadir when “Merry Christmas” was deemed to be potentially offensive.

There is something else to be aware of, and it was years before I saw it in myself and started to shake it off: RPC — Religious Political Correctness. When I first made my commitment to Christ, I felt that I had to impress others, especially Christians, by demonstrating what I despised. Anything that appeared to be forbidden in the Bible, from cheating in business to divorce under certain circumstances, I was against. 

Jesus said to Peter, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me more than these?” Peter answered, “Yes.” Jesus said to him, “then hunt down the lousy rats who did this to Me and make them pay for it!” 

Then Jesus said to Peter, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me more than these?” Peter said again, “Yes, Lord, I do.”  “Then track down everyone who doesn’t believe in Me now and shake a finger in their nose and say, ‘Sinner! You are going to hell!'”

And a third time, Jesus said to Peter, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me more than these?” Peter was getting grieved to hear this question again, and said, “Lord, You know all things: You know I love You.” “Then seek out all things that you think offend God and march and protest and declare how much you HATE them in My Name!”

You know what really happened, right? Jesus told Peter three times, “Feed My sheep”. Christ is not about what you’re against, but what you’re for.

A new commandment I give to you: that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.

— John 13:34-35

Loving one another — especially known sinners (that is, people who are in the same position now that you were before meeting Jesus) — is not RPC. Hanging out with, talking with and sometimes even witnessing to people you might disagree with takes a fair bit of tongue-biting. It might make others at church mutter things like, “if you lie down with dogs, you get fleas,” but that’s exactly what Jesus tells us to do.

RPC makes us feel superior.

“God, I thank you that I am not like other men — extortioners, unjust, adulterers or even as this tax collector.”

— (Pharisee, praying next to a tax collector) Luke 18:11

RPC leads us to overlook the beauty in people, tempering our appreciation for their gifts and talents and what should be our unconditional love for them by saying, “Yes, but they’re —— (fill in the blanks).”

It’s RPC, too, to complain that Christians are marginalized or discriminated against, forgetting to “take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake.” (2 Corinthians 12:10) It’s RPC to want to be seen as a victim, just like others; ignoring the fact that Jesus told us it comes with the territory.

RPC makes us focus more on impressing other religious people than on impressing Jesus.

In other words, RPC can make us just as blind as the “guides” Jesus calls out in Matthew 23, and just as much in need of crying out “have mercy on us, Son of David!” (Matthew 9:27 & 20:30-31).

And the thing we can be most blind to, is the one thing we’re called to: love one another as He loved us.

It’s worth spending that two minutes for Cross-checking.

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