A Christian Eye on Politics

It Comes to Something When We Can No Longer Say What We Mean...

How Political Correctness, Spin, Gossip, Rumour and Scurrilous Accusation Are Increasingly Defining our Age

Standing Up for the Truth

S ometime around 1982, I recall having a long and interesting conversation with a travelling salesman, I believe it was around 1982 but I cannot be sure.

He said to me, "Have you noticed that you suddenly can't say what you mean?" He mentioned a TV programme which - by chance - we had both watched. It was about the German war machine marching across Europe during the Second World War. He had noticed that the commentator on the programme had repeatedly referred to "the Nazi army." But, he said, "it was surely the German army! Why are we suddenly changing that?" Funnily enough I don't think I had noticed that back then, but he was right. Now, 'the Nazis' were an ideology, a political party and, for a few years, the German government, but never an 'army.' He said, "We should not alter history for the sake of being nice to the Germans, let's stand up for the truth!" Well I don't know where this man is right now but the whole business of using words inaccurately for the sake of political correctness has now soared to epidemic proportions.

There was no internet during the 1970s but if it had been around then I would have been free to write much more than I can now; a little outspoken by nature, I now occasionally have to be very guarded in my choice of words; either that or I would be driven off the internet by the increasingly- dominant army of liberals who are waging war on free speech, the very same free speech which we British once held so dear and fought two wars partly to preserve. These are the same liberals, of course, who don't believe that truth is an eternally unchanging principle, they believe it is adjustable according to one's viewpoint or background, so what is 'true' for one person is not necessarily 'true' for another. If this website is ever driven off the internet, my ability to answer Bible questions in as unbiased fashion - as best I can manage - just considering what the Bible texts actually say, will be the loser. My aim is - and always has been - to make a better understanding of the Bible available to as many people as possible, to all who have an internet connection. This internet accessability, of course, is gradually increasing all the time.

Where is the moral indignation when churches are burned down, pastors murdered, families scattered? It is a struggle for such stories to even get three or four lines in the press. The highly selective morality of liberals has no interest in the persecution of Christians but is quite ready to destroy a career over scurrilous gossip...

Political Correctness

I think that most of us joked about political correctness when it first appeared, it just seemed a little silly but surely it would soon go away again; would not free speech win out very soon? But perhaps strangely that has not happened, even more strange is that very few are speaking out about the loss of free speech. I recall one of those gay assembly things being held in Bute Park, Cardiff a number of years ago; that was considered perfectly fine (and I don't for one minte think that Christians should persecute homosexuals), but when a Christian group circulated among them, perfectly inoffensively handing out leaflets they were soon threatened with arrest by the police. I don't recall the exact details now but I believe one of them actually was arrested. Even the local 'South Wales Echo' - always steeped in leftist liberalism - raised questions about this, asking why a more biblical point of view was suddenly considered wrong and offensive in the land of the great Welsh Revival.

My problem with the leftist liberals who are now controlling political correctness and most - if not all - the media, is how it is all based on such a selective morality. Abortion is fine, pre-marital sex (one is told) is now actively encouraged in certain educational institutions, but don't you dare be critical of non-Christian religions!

Recent 'Moral' Storm in the UK

Recently we have had a storm in the UK because a leading politician apparently placed his hand on a woman journalist's knee a few times and - oh yes - he is accused of being a terrible flirt. Most people would surely react by winking and thinking, oh well such things are part of life, which is not to approve, of course. Apparently the lady in question warned him that it should never happen again. Surely that was the end of the matter one might think but, oh no, a certain section of the press got to hear about this and it was very soon in big headlines and the man had to leave his government office. Where is the sensible balance in all this? Should anybody really be hounded out of office on the basis of such scurrilous stories? There is also now a wider 'inquiry' about the sexual behaviour of many in the entertainment world going on; from the moral indignation being expressed it would seem that this current liberal inquiry is being conducted by people with the moral standards of Joan of Arc; the hypocrisy is almost too hard to bear. The truth is: we should be very suspicious of the selective morality of liberals.

It would seem that the modern liberal claims to have perfect morals with a perfect right to judge all and sundry, yet many of these same people are remaining silent and choosing not to report on the hideous persecution of Christians in many countries. Yes, churches burned down, pastors murdered, families scattered; where is the moral outrage here? There is no longer any fairness, balance or justice in the land and gross exaggeration has reached plague proportions.

Good Scriptures on this general subject to consider:

"Do not bear false witness against your neighbour." Exodus 20:16.

The LORD hates cheating, but he delights in honesty. Proverbs 11:1.

Truth stands the test of time; lies are soon exposed. Proverbs 12:19.

Telling lies about others is as harmful as hitting them with an ax, wounding them with a sword, or shooting them with a sharp arrow. Proverbs 25:18.

Though everyone else in the world is a liar, God is true. Romans 3:4.

Do not testify spitefully against innocent neighbours; don't lie about them. And don't say, "Now I can pay them back for all their meanness to me! I'll get even!" Proverbs 24:28.

People with integrity have firm footing, but those who follow crooked paths will slip and fall. Proverbs 10:9.

The godly person gives wise advice, but the tongue that deceives will be cut off. Proverbs 10:31.

Don't lie to each other, for you have stripped off your old evil nature and all its wicked deeds. Colossians 3:9.

He who goes about as a slanderer reveals secrets, therefore do not associate with a gossip. Proverbs 20:19.

Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking deceit. Psalm 34:13.

He who goes about as a talebearer reveals secrets, but he who is trustworthy conceals a matter. Proverbs 11:13.

The Christian Hawk, November 4th, 2017.