A few days ago I was confronted with the reality of political correctness once again. Currently our church sign says “We Believe: God is talking and you don’t have to be crazy to hear his voice.” In case you can’t tell, the message is a confirmation that you are NOT crazy if you believe that the voices in your head are God. Anyway, we got an anonymous call saying that we were being insensitive to the 25% of our society that deals with mental illness and that we should change our sign. We are changing the sign today. Not because of this call but rather because we were going to change the sign today.
However, this does pose an interesting question. Were we being insensitive? In fact, I think we were very sensitive. The better question is were we being uncaring? We were both sensitive and caring. What we were not is correct in our presentation according to the current definition of correctness. It is this that I take issue with.
In Matthew 5 Jesus commands that Christians be both salt and light to the world. Salt in the historical context of first century Israel was primarily a preservative. It was used to keep things from spoiling and to keep them edible for longer periods of time pre-refrigeration. Light overwhelmed darkness and revealed things for what they truly were. That’s what we are called to do in our world today. Stepping outside this particular case, I would like to suggest that if we are going to be Christians, then we cannot be something else just because what we are makes someone nervous or uncomfortable. We are called to be accurate examples of Christ regardless of the correctness of those positions in the world’s opinion. While we cannot be insensitive or unkind, some of the things that we must say and be to the world will absolutely run across the grain of the world’s philosophies. When we do that the default reply in today’s world is that we are not being sensitive to viewpoints other than our own.
So here’s the deal as I see it. If you hear non-physical voices telling you to do things people will call you crazy. As Christians, we know that God speaks to us. Therefore…. We Believe: God is talking and you don’t have to be crazy to hear his voice!