THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE WAY FORWARD IN CHRIST
ON POLITICAL CORRECTNESS – 4
February 18, 2018
1 Peter 3:18-22
hates sin and wickedness, and punishes these. People were
so evil during the time of Noah, and God sent a flood to destroy
them all, except for Noah’s family. Sin is an affront
against God and the covenant between Him and His people. But
God is also merciful, and is mindful of His covenant with
His people. “I will remember my covenant between me
and you and every living creatureevery mortal beingso
that the waters will never again become a flood to destroy
every mortal being.” (Gn 9:15).
God’s people are again into serious sin, especially
sins of sexual licentiousness. We have not just a flood but
a tsunami of evil overwhelming the whole world. Sex is rampant
among those in irregular unionsthose who are living in,
the divorced and remarried, and those in same-sex unions.
The first is fornication, the second adultery, and the third
sodomy. This latter caused the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah.
there are prelates and clerics who propose just accepting
and embracing those in such irregular situations, and not
speak about their sin. This is the scourge of political correctness.
They will be given Holy Communion without their renouncing
their sin and resolving to change. This is done in the name
of mercy. God is indeed good and merciful. “Remember
your compassion and your mercy, O Lord, for they are ages
old. Remember no more the sins of my youth; remember me according
to your mercy, because of your goodness, Lord.” (Ps
25:6-7). But is being politically correct true mercy?
is the core message of the authentic gospel of Jesus? It is
this: “Repent, and believe in the gospel.” (Mk
1:15b). It is directly addressing the sin of people, and getting
them to repent. It is not just accepting, embracing and accompanying
them while not speaking about their sin. This results in not
only keeping them in their sin, but in effect making them
comfortable in their sin. This is the very antithesis of the
the politically correct appeal to the primacy of conscience,
that if a Catholic’s conscience allows him to receive
Communion despite his serious sin, then he may do so. Conscience
indeed is important, but it must be formed well. Peter tells
us that baptism “is not a removal of dirt from the body
but an appeal to God for a clear conscience, through the resurrection
of Jesus Christ” (1 Pt 3:21). Conscience needs to be
clear and formed. It is formed in accord with the resurrection
of Jesus, who went to the cross to atone for the sins of humankind,
and by his rising won forgiveness and reconciliation with
God. Conscience can never accommodate sin.
the consciences of many Catholics are not formed well, and
they are not clear on what is authentic Church teaching. This
is aggravated by prelates and clerics who condone sinful behavior
by being politically correct toward sinners. So this is a
challenge. Consciences need to be formed, and formed according
to the Magisterium of the Church, and not just the opinion
or unsound theology of this or that prelate or cleric.
prayer, and the prayer of pastors of the Church, must be:
“Make known to me your ways, Lord; teach me your paths.
Guide me by your fidelity and teach me, for you are God my
savior, for you I wait all the day long.” (Ps 25:4-5).
Repentance is all about God’s ways and not ours. It
is all about returning to God and walking in His paths. It
is about faithfulness to the covenant. It is about knowing
that Jesus is our Savior, who died for our sins and who expects
us to turn away from sin in order to experience the salvation
he already won for us.
who are politically correct are not faithful pastors, and
they continue to lead the sheep astray. The Lord’s way
is different. “Good and upright is the Lord, therefore
he shows sinners the way.” (Ps 25:8). The Lord is upright
and leads sinners in the way they are to go. If we humble
ourselves, desiring to be cleansed of sin and be holy, then
God will indeed show us the way. “He guides the humble
in righteousness, and teaches the humble his way.” (Ps
25:9). That way can never be political correctness nor a flawed