Political correctness seems to be spiralling out of control in the USA right now. A stark example of this is all the politicians falling over themselves to accomodate, approve, and allow the construction of a mosque right next to ground zero in New York. Are they out of their mind? What is even more disturbing is how this polical correctness is infiltrating modern evangelical churches. Rick Warren gave us a grand display of this during his inauguration prayer for President-elect Barack Obama . . .
So where do I turn to hear some truth and clarity regarding Islam and the teaching of the Quran? To an atheist, not only that but an english atheist!!! This atheist not only knows how to launch into a spectacular anti-Islamic rant, he also trumps "America's Pastor" in the good Berean discernment stakes . . .
So what are we to make of this as Christians? The call to follow Christ is a call to uncompromising devotion to the exclusive claims of Christ. He is right and everyone else is wrong. He is truth and all other religions are man-made lies. Let's abandon pragmatic man pleasing cleverness in favor of bold faced God ordained truth.
For Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the gospel, and not with words of eloquent wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power. Christ the Wisdom and Power of God. For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written, "I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart." Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe. For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, "Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord."
And I, when I came to you, brothers, did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom. For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. And I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling, and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.
(1 Corinthians 1:17-2:5)
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