THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE WAY FORWARD IN CHRIST
ON POLITICAL CORRECTNESS – 3
February 16, 2018
in irregular unions (divorced & remarried, live in, same-sex
union), presumably accompanied with sexual relations, are
in serious sin. Marriage is between a man and a woman, consecrated
by God, in a lifelong relationship. If a marriage is not reflective
of the relationship between Christ and his bride the Church,
then there is something seriously wrong. “The days will
come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then
they will fast.” (Mt 9:15b). To fast is to mourn and
to show repentance.
Catholics today are in irregular unions. The world around
them, including some liberals in the Church, are telling them
it is OK. Or the pastors are keeping quiet about their sinful
situation, not wanting to offend them. This is political correctness,
a great scourge in the Church today. But if repentance for
sin is essential to being right with God, what should pastors
be doing? “Cry out full-throated and unsparingly, lift
up your voice like a trumpet blast; proclaim to my people
their transgression, to the house of Jacob their sins.”
(Is 58:1). They must speak out clearly and even loudly about
what is sinful.
correctness results in sinners becoming comfortable in their
sins. After all, they are accepted and embraced, without their
sin being pointed out. So what need is there to repent? Perhaps
this Ash Wednesday they even went to Mass, had ashes put on
their forehead, and received Holy Communion (as some bishops
have said they can). Business as usual. But it is not so with
God. God tells His people: “They seek me day after day,
…. they desire to draw near to God.” (Is 58:2).
But on their fast day, they commit all sorts of sins (see
Is 58:3b-4a). One of these sins that is so common today is
sexual immorality. Or even adultery in the case of those divorced
and remarried (one or both of whom are not with their Church-wed
are pastors not confronting people with their sins, especially
sins of sexual immorality? When King David committed adultery
with Bathsheba, the prophet Nathan confronted him. And David
repented. Once again he became right with God. He composed
that great prayer of repentance, what we know as Psalm 51.
What do we learn in this psalm?
God is indeed merciful, and He desires to blot out all our
sins. “Have mercy on me, God, in accord with your merciful
love; in your abundant compassion blot out my transgressions.”
(Ps 51:3). But the false mercy of political correctness will
not blot out sin and make us right with God.
for us to receive the mercy of God, we need to repent of our
sin. “My sacrifice, O God, is a contrite spirit; a contrite,
humbled heart, O God, you will not scorn.” (Ps 51:19).
But political correctness keeps people in their sins.
for us to repent, we need to know what our sin is. “For
I know my transgressions; my sin is always before me.”
(Ps 51:5).We cannot just rely on conscience, as consciences
today have been massively influenced by the dominant liberal
culture, where in fact wrong has become right. Consciences
must be properly formed, for us to distinguish between good
and evil. And we must know that a sin is an offense against
God. “Against you, you alone have I sinned; I have done
what is evil in your eyes” (Ps 51:6a).
for us to know what our sin is (assuming already a flawed
conscience), our pastors need to teach us and tell us clearly.
“I will teach the wicked your ways, that sinners may
return to you.” (Ps 51:15).But pastors too need to know
what is wrong and what is right. Unfortunately, today the
progressives in the Church are themselves overturning the
authentic gospel. Anyway, rather than making us comfortable
in our sin by not telling us we are in sin, we must realize
the dire effect of serious sin, that we are cut off from God.
“Do not drive me from before your face, nor take from
me your holy Spirit.”(Ps 51:13).
upon knowing the truth of our sinful situation, we must desire
to be cleansed of our sin. “Thoroughly wash away my
guilt; and from my sin cleanse me.” (Ps 51:4). We must
be so uncomfortable in our sin that we desire to be right
with God, knowing that He can re-create our hearts and renew
our spirit. “A clean heart create for me, God; renew
within me a steadfast spirit.” (Ps 51:12).
correctness is false mercy, as people are left in their sins,
which cut them off from God. What the people of God are called
to is certainly not sexual impurity, but purity of mind, heart
and body. “Cleanse me with hyssop, that I may be pure;
wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.” (Ps 51:9).