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>7 Politically Incorrect Truths

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Those following Dallas Religious news know that two of our major churches are currently involved in controversy. Ed Young Jr drew press for issuing a 7 Day Sex-Challenge (seems the 30-Day challenge of Relevant Church was too much). The other church series drew a bigger response from me than the eye roll that Young merited. The pastor of First Baptist started a series called:

“Politically Incorrect: The seven most “outrageous” beliefs that Christians can articulate in today’s world and why we should embrace them!”

The sermon on Sunday:

“Why Gay is not Ok.”

The sermon series is meant to “take a stand” and be controversal for Christ. He reportedly drew 100 protestors for posting the sermon title on the board outside. The problem I see with this series is that it is a cop-out and challenges no one in the congregation. Now, I believe in the divine inspiration of Scripture and that the teaching therein is incompatible with active homosexual behavior. My question is, how does this title and message help God’s people grasp the gospel? Does the pastor believe many of those in his congregation are dealing with this sin as an obstacle to faith? Somehow I doubt it. It seems the focus is a culture war with enemies out there, and thank God we aren’t like them. So, that made me think: What are the real “politically incorrect truths” that we find “outrageous” in the church, the congregation, and our own hearts? How can we be challenged, rather than merely looking for an easy target (gays) that are out there and can make us feel better in attacking them? What wrong beliefs can we tackle in our hearts with Biblical, politically incorrect truths? I’d like the community to help! What are some politically incorrect truths that would challenge the congregation rather than condemn people we normally avoid? I have a few:

Christ came to call sinners, not the righteous.

If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves.

All people deserve hell.

Christ bids us to carry a cross and die, not have a happy life.

The normal Christian life is one of continual repentance.

If you are a Christian, it is probably because you are more foolish and weak.

“asking Christ into your heart” is not the gospel.

Love of money is the root of all kinds of evil.

God determines who receives His Grace, not man.

Jesus Christ was not a white middle class Republican.

Jesus Christ was not a white middle class Democrat.

Anyone else have some to add some? Argue with mine?

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3 thoughts on “>7 Politically Incorrect Truths

  1. >Saw on the local news last night that there was a decent sized protest outside the church yesterday.

    Posted by Jeff Wright | November 16, 2008, 9:28 pm
  2. >”The sermon series is meant to ‘take a stand’ and be controversal for Christ.”Yeah. I don’t think its totally useless but I wonder what folks are supposed to do with this info after the series is over. Looking at the outline for this Sunday’s sermon I am sure that people already know these points. Even if they don’t, I wonder what the goal is. It is valuable to be well-informed. But one of the myths is “people are born gay.” What do you do with that? Oh, and I see Dr. Bingham is speaking there Sunday night. If only the Mighty Redskins weren’t going to be putting a hurt on the Evil Cowboys at that same time.

    Posted by Jeff Wright | November 15, 2008, 2:21 pm
  3. >I agree that the list itself smacks of “us vs. them” ideology more than of “fear and trembling.” I actually used to assign a brief research project to my freshman writers to track down the origins of the phrase “political correctness.” When they found out where it actually came from, they were far less apt to throw it around when someone asked them not to call gay people fags.With regards to “Painful Truths” (to avoid both Limbaugh’s and Gore’s favorite phrases), I’m sure more will come to me later, but these immediately occur to me:God has already forgiven the people you still hate.You don’t know nearly as much as you think you do about God, your neighbor, your enemy, or yourself.The people you most detest remember things about God’s goodness that you have abandoned.Your fly is unzipped. (I’d just like to see the fender bender police report if someone put that on a church sign.)

    Posted by Nathan P. Gilmour | November 14, 2008, 5:19 pm

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