Saturday, March 17, 2012

Pontius Pilate and Political Correctness

A scene from a movie. Pontius Pilate is washing
his hands as a ceremonial gesture. He gave in to
the rabid crowd who called for Christ's crucifiction.
Little did Pontius Pilate know that the very blood
that Christ would shed, was that all cleansing holy
blood that was offered for the sins of the whole
world. That blood would do him no good as he was
steeped in unbelief.
Note the Scriptural Narrative: "Christ before Pontius Pilate:" Matthew 27:1,2 ; Matthew 27:11;12;13;14 ; Mark 15:1-5 ; Luke 23:1-6 ; John 18:12-28

As related in the Gospel Scriptures of Jesus Christ before the Roman governor, Pontius Pilate’s words and actions, lead us to believe that he was very reluctant to sentence Christ to death. Scripture indicates that he did all that he could to avoid and remove this Jewish political ("hot potato") situation from his presence and jurisdiction. His effort to ship off Jesus to King Herod and to present the vile criminal, Barabbas, in Christ's stead, fell flat. Pontius Pilate must have viewed himself to be on "the hot seat," having been "forced" by the clamoring Jewish crowd, to make a life and death decision, - even though his wife warned him to steer clear of Jesus, altogether.

What was Pontius Pilate to do in his highly charged political situation?

We know the answer, as we can read history with retrospect. Pontius Pilate ended up making a "political correctness" decision. Pontius Pilate was obviously and unduly motivated by the clamoring crowd. Public opinion was stridently aiming at him. This same public opinion was charged with emotion, vitriol and hatred for Jesus. Pontius Pilate was the Roman governor, who was given the duty to not only govern his Roman people, but also the conquered Jewish people (nation) who was under the Emperor, (Caesar's) thumb.

The liberal and leftist's holy grail sacrament of
political correctness, overlooks crimes against
humanity and serious character flaws. And, if
people should criticize a highly favored political
personality, the political correctness faithful
will excoriate them with the vitriol cat call
accusation of "racism."
What is political correctness and how does it play into our everyday decisions when we choose right from wrong?

Political correctness is the culture’s push and pull of perceived influence. Here’s just one example: 

When Barack Obama was campaigning for the office of US president, some of his following would be quick to brand their candidate’s opposition “racist,” if their opposition directly attacked Obama’s character. Thus, if someone did not care to be labeled a racist and hate-monger, they shied away from questioning Obama’s professed “Christian” religious convictions. It did not matter if Obama’s professed beliefs did not match his actions and political record. All that mattered to the Obama political correctness crowd was that the political opposition did not slur their choice for president by calling into question his flawed and hypocritical type, character and behavior.


Also: It is worthy to mention, that Obama has not met the US Constitution's requirement of being a "natural born citizen." Thus, our "President" is an illegal [bogus] White House occupier (usurper). And, what compounds this serious Constitutional crisis is that (by and large) those in government have turned a blind eye and deaf ear to this pathetic situation, thus making them part and parcel of this deceiving charade.


Returning to the subject of Political Correctness, what happens and still continues to transpire, is that one side defines the debate and discussion. Once that foundational framework is laid, how dare anyone step on that foundation without paying the price of being labeled a racist, bigot and / or, a hate-monger! Also, these political liberal extremists have defined other issues, such as them being “pro-choice,” and trumpeting women’s rights, when in reality these people are supportive of a culture of death resulting in our American abortion genocide.

A partial definition of political correctness




What motivates people in our present day culture to bow to the god of political correctness?

The Bible tells us that we are sinners by birth and sinners by practice. [Psalm 51:5 ; Romans 5:12 ; James 2:10 ; Romans 3:23 ; 1 John 1:8;9;10. Sinners and Christian disciples ultimately choose to do evil, not because of the pressures of the culture’s political correctness, but because we cave [in] to the old sinful nature and to our own sinful desires. 1 John 2:15-16.

Political correctness pressures and bowing to them, are in addition to sinners’ sinful natures and the willful breaking of God’s Ten Commandments. Human nature craves a pat on the back rather than a pointed finger in the face. Human nature loves praise rather than (often needed) pointed criticism. Human nature seeks approval rather than disapproval. Human nature feels secure being part of the herd mentality rather than being a lone dissenter. Human nature gravitates to the political correctness security of the collective thought as was portrayed in Han’s Christian Anderson’s tale of "The Emperor's New Clothes."

God rules over all and has everything under control - Colossians 1:15;16;17 ; Hebrews 1:3

Although Pontius Pilate was guilty for his part in the innocent and holy Christ’s sentence and execution, the Triune God allowed Pontius Pilate to bow to pressures of political correctness. [Proverbs 21:1] Remember what Jesus said to Pontius Pilate? [John 19:10;11] God allowed the Jews to turn on their Messiah Christ. He allowed them to reject Him. They exercised their own free will. And, you, the sinner also exercise your free will when you decide to dismiss and reject the Savior Christ for the forgiveness of your sins and your soul’s eternal deliverance from the just sentence and punishment of your sins against God and His holy commandments.

Pontius Pilate washed his hands, but he could not avoid Christ, no more than you can

It's impossible, (as Pontius Pilate found out) to avoid and be rid of Jesus Christ. Why? Because, in the first place, He is your Creator. [Colossians 1:15;16;17] Secondly, all human history revolves around this one central person, whose birth, perfect life, suffering, death resurrection from the dead is most crucial to your life, here and now, and where you will spend the hereafter (in eternity). [Acts 17:16-34] Your soul is priceless and without Christ owning your soul, you will be damned forever. Matthew 25:31-46 ; John 3:14-21; 36

This year marks another Good Friday. Without the Good Friday crucifixion of Christ for the pardon of past, present and future human sins, our world and the world’s cultures would be left without a clue. But, even greater than a “clue,” is the historical Christ, as recorded in the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures. He came from His holy heaven to live the perfect life no human could ever live and to be the supreme human offering (sacrifice) for human sin to appease and remove God’s just and holy eternal sentence and punishment because of human sin. 


The Bible says that "without
faith it is impossible to please
Him [God]. Hebrews 11:6
Christ, is Creator God's gift not only for the world, but for you. Just because he went to be your sacrifice for sin, does not (then) translate into you being in good graces with God. The Scriptures make it clear that you must receive Christ by faith. [John 1:12;13 ; Ephesians 2:8;9] Just because you see a cookie jar on a kitchen counter; does not automatically mean that there are cookies in that jar. And, so, in like manner; just because Christ died for the world's sin, including yours; that redemptive atoning action does not absolve you of your sin. The Bible says that it is by faith in Christ that you are "justified," - made to be in right standing with God. Romans 5:1

Friend, don’t allow the push and pull of the culture’s political correctness to drive you away from your one and only Savior who can be the present and hereafter difference for your sinful and needy soul. Read, listen, and hear the Bible Scriptures! In those Scriptures there is found the Savior and the eternal life that only He can give! [John 5:39 ; 2 Timothy 3:14;15;16;17 ; Acts 8:26-40 ; 1 Corinthians 15:1f 

May God move you to search for this priceless Treasure. May God grant you the faith to believe in Him and to repent of your sins against His holy presence, His Ten Commandments and your sins against your fellow mankind! May you search and read the Holy Scriptures (Bible) which is God's instrument "means of grace" to bring you to faith in Him! Romans 1:16 ; Romans 10:17 ; 1 Peter 1:23 ; Acts 8:26-39 ; James 1:18 ; 2 Timothy 3:14-17

And, may you by God’s Grace, find Him!

Amen.

Above Message and Related Scriptures [below] -- Intended to be utilized in a simple worship format:

Also: For a couple of other (more formal) worship formats:
The Order of Morning Service
The Order of Matins


Related Scriptures To the Above Message

Christ before Pontius Pilate: Matthew 27:1,2 ; Matthew 27:11;12;13;14 ; 15:1-5 ; Luke 23:1-6 ; John 18:12-28

Of Whom Does the Prophet Speak" -- by Victor Buksbazen -- Isaiah 53:1-12 -- an in-depth view of and the prophecy of Christ, hundred of years before his birth. Isaiah 53:1-12 underscores the truthfulness of Divine Revelation as exemplified in the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures.


Pastor (emeritus) Nathan Bickel

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