In this day of political correctness, tolerance, diversity, and inclusion, discrimination has taken a back seat. But society has become so undiscriminating that it is practically falling apart.
Take Sweden, for example. It is probably one of the most ‘progressive’ nations in the world. The people of Sweden are so indiscriminate that they welcomed a hostile horde of Muslim immigrants into their country with open arms. Only now that Muslims are terrorizing their country, gang raping their women and beating up their men have they come to realize that shared values should have played a part in their decision to let these people into their country. A little more discrimination would have spared them a lot more trauma.
The same can be said for Germany. Angela Merkel took great pride in her ‘compassionate’ response to the immigrant crisis. She committed to allowing 800,000 refugees from the Middle East into her country. Since that time Germany has faced a plague of terror attacks on its civilian population. But at this point there is little either Germany or Sweden can do to stem the tide of collapse in their societies. It is too late.
Healthy Institutions Discriminate
Exclusivity is an inherent part of any healthy institution. They naturally discriminate against one group of people in favor of another. Boy Scouts cease to be Boy Scouts when they start admitting girls. The same goes for Girl Scouts who admit boys. Americans cease to be a sovereign nation when they open their borders to anyone who seeks entry. Members of the European Union are just now beginning to realize that they are losing control of their own countries because they have opened their borders. Now when radical Islamic terrorists invade their neighbors, they too are vulnerable. Just ask France. They are facing a constant onslaught of terrorism thanks to the policies of their neighbor to the West.
The widespread lack of discrimination has also led to the collapse of the family. It has no boundaries anymore. Today two men can form a family. Two women can form a family. Now that the only criterion for marriage is being in love, sexual libertarians are even advocating for polygamy.
It is so bad now that we are not even allowed to discriminate between men and women on the basis of their physical sexual characteristics. If a man chooses to identify as a woman, we must open the ladies room to him or face the wrath of the federal government.
The Non-Discriminating Church
This same tendency to be non-judgmental has infected the church. I heard a respected guest on a local religious broadcast say that if President Obama has self-identified as a Christian, we must take him at his word, despite the fact that he takes away religious liberties from people of faith every chance he gets. Christians refuse to label anyone an unbeliever on the basis of his or her conduct if that person goes to church and calls himself a Christian. Personal faith has become a matter of conscience, and who can judge what goes on in another person’s heart?
I once got embroiled in a controversy with the members of my small group for suggesting another member was not a Christian. She never attended meetings, had absolutely no interest in studying the Bible, rented a house with a bunch of single men, and constantly complained that they resented her because they didn’t feel free to have their girlfriends sleep over when she was around. The group felt compassion for her and prayed for her, but no one would tell her to move out of that house except me. When I suggested she was morally compromised and questioned the genuineness of her faith, I was vilified. After all, who was I to determine whether she was a Christian or not?! But her lifestyle showed absolutely no evidence of a love for Christ or a desire to follow Him.
If we cannot decide whether a person’s faith is authentic based on their conduct, then how do we distinguish them from unbelievers? And if we cannot identify them as Christians, how could an unbeliever possibly tell the difference? Christians have ceased to become salt and light at this point and we have lost our redeeming influence on society.
Everyone Discriminates By Default
If we were to be honest with ourselves, we would admit that we discriminate in hundreds of ways every day without even thinking about it. We choose our circle of friends based on common interests. We exclude people who don’t share those interests. We eliminate a multitude of potential mates based on things like their appearance, their social status, their beliefs, their values and their aspirations. If we go to a Baptist church, we don’t expect to hear Catholic doctrine. There are relatively few things that we do not choose based upon on our individual styles and tastes and preferences.
If we couldn’t discriminate, language would lose all meaning. The definition of a word tells us not just what it means, but also what it does not mean. It includes some meanings and excludes others. Deconstructionism has blurred the meaning of words today. We call people who promote immorality ‘progressives.’ What is progressive about embracing all kinds of sexual perversion and promiscuity? How can ‘political correctness’ be ‘correct’ when it contradicts natural law? Why is there is such a thing as a ‘right-wing extremist’ but we never hear about ‘left-wing extremists?’ What could be more extreme than defending the sale of aborted baby parts?
Jesus is the Great Discriminator
Jesus will come to judge the world for their sins. He will distinguish between the ‘goats’ and the ‘sheep.’ He will send one group to heaven and the other to hell. He said “The one who loves me keeps my commandments” (John 14:15). If you don’t keep His commandments, He says you don’t love Him. He’s making a judgment about the authenticity of your faith. He said that anyone can make that same judgment based upon our love for one another as believers, “By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:35).
Isn’t that what a judge does? He discriminates between right and wrong, legal and illegal, good and evil.
Our problem is not that we have become too intolerant because we cling to absolute moral standards, but that we have compromised our commitment to the truth because we don’t want to be out of step with the rest of society. We cannot bring ourselves to condemn homosexual behavior because people will say we are unloving. We cannot acknowledge the fact that there is no such thing as a peaceful Muslim even though a true believer follows the Koran and the Koran promotes killing of infidels. That would offend Muslims. We cannot say that our President is not a Christian because that would be calling him a liar.
The irony is that those who boast of their tolerance cannot tolerate those whom they deem intolerant. It is so bad that the president of the school board in Bakersfield, CA, had to resign because he refused to vote for bathroom integration in the public schools. He was threatened with a lawsuit for voting his conscience! Why have a vote if you can only vote one way?? That is the height of intolerance!
It is time we stopped being so squeemish about expressing our likes and dislikes, our fears and our hopes, and our most deeply cherished opinions and beliefs for fear of offending someone or appearing intolerant. It is also time that we started talking about the consequences of rejecting Jesus Christ. There is a day of judgment coming. The Jesus who returns to earth will return in power and great glory. It will be a day of stark terror for unbelievers and we don’t do them any favors by coating the gospel with a thick syrupy layer of sweet talk about the love of Jesus. And we should not fear them or seek their approval. We should fear the one who said, “The one who honors me I will honor“(1 Sam 2:30), and “whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven” (Mt 10:33). His approval is the only approval that matters.