Good Tree = Good Fruit
“Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye,
but not notice the log that is in your own eye?”
(Luke 6:41; NASB)
Political correctness has become a modern-day buzz phrase that has given us all pause at some point. It is a device the devil can easily manipulate to keep important issues from being discussed because of the fear of violating our politically correct standard. It is a double-edged sword. Yes, it might deter hateful or wrong intentioned things from being said, but it will also keep truth from being spoken.
As our society has fallen further from God, the hearts of many have become hardened to the wisdom and guidance of His Word. Even professed Christians, many of whom think worshiping God is for Sunday mornings only, display the same unloving attitudes once expected only from unbelievers. Consequently, our actions and reactions are from a place of brokenness and selfishness, rather than from love and understanding.
In this week’s verse, Jesus is addressing the very thing that can lead to what we are experiencing today. He questioned how anyone can expect to help someone when they haven’t looked at and worked on their own stuff first. Jesus called anyone that does that a hypocrite. He said: “You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take out the speck that is in your brother’s eye” (Luke 6:42b).
Our obsession with political correctness results from people correcting and passing judgment on others from a place of brokenness. Broken, unloving people speaking their minds to broken, unloving people; or bad trees producing bad fruit. Unfortunately, this can be seen in the church as much as it is in the world. This has resulted in a gross overreaction by society. We
are now trying not to offend anyone by whitewashing all of our communication, whether or not it is truthful.
Jesus tells us that whatever a man speaks from his mouth comes from that which fills his heart. As the old saying goes, whatever is in the well comes out in the bucket. A pure, loving heart can only come from a relationship with Jesus Christ. He will remove the hurts and offenses of your past and heal the wounds they created. Then you can speak to others from a heart of love and compassion with a true desire for their well-being.
Jesus said: “The good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth what is good;” (Luke 6:45a) Seek the Lord’s healing for your heart and be a light in someone’s life through truth. With the Holy Spirit’s guidance, you will not have to worry about being “politically correct.”
Have a great week and God bless.