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FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL
 

FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL

THE WAY FORWARD IN CHRIST
(Part 175)

ON POLITICAL CORRECTNESS – 6

April 2, 2019

Today’s gospel: John 5:1-16

Jesus healed the sick man who had been ill for 38 years. Later Jesus told him, “Look, you are well; do not sin any more, so that nothing worse may happen to you.” (v.14). Illness was seen at that time as a consequence of sin. In truth, sin causes much illness, such as HIV/AIDS for gay sex, STDs for promiscuous sex, cancer for use of various dangerous substances, and so on. To avoid illness, avoid those things that can cause illness.

In looking to avoidance of sin, we consider a scourge in our Church today, and that is the whole idea of political correctness. Basically, this is the posture of just accepting and accompanying the sinner without talking about his sin. It is said that the latter is offensive and so should be avoided. We are to simply love and welcome the person.

Well, we indeed are to love the sinner, but we are to hate the sin. We indeed are to welcome and accompany the sinner, but we must be speaking to him about his sin, and try to help him get out of his sin. That is key to spiritual, as well as emotional and even physical, wellness.

In fact, political correctness is false mercy. If the person remains in his sin, then he remains lost and ill. In fact, by just being welcomed and accepted, he can think that his sin is acceptable. Why then should he change?

Unlike what some clerics in our Church today say, Jesus was consistent in telling people to sin no more. He did so with the woman caught in adultery. It is not just about being accepted and not condemned, but it is about repentance and striving to sin no more.


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