I recently saw a cartoon. It’s a sign in the desert: “Warning. This is an inclusive society and if we think you are talking, thinking, or behaving in a non-inclusive way, you will be excluded.” Ha ha!
It’s not far from the truth. It seems that you have the right to agree with popular opinion, but can’t say anything against the accepted views of the moment. If you dare to express different views, you’ll be ridiculed, even vilified. “Think like we think, and you’ll be fine.” And, all the time, they use words like tolerance, diversity, and inclusivity.
In truth, tolerance and inclusivity are only for likeminded people, and diversity is code language for setting cuotas for including women and minorities. If you differ (in religion, politics, or persuasion), or if your skin isn’t the right shade, or if you’re a man … poor you. You’re not tolerated, included, and your diversity wasn’t the right kind. Basically, you allowed to blend in—unless you qualify to be diverse. Figure it.
Wise Solomon said, There is no new thing under the sun (Ecclesiastes 1:9). People have been excluding others who don’t see things the same way they do for centuries.
- Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake (Matthew 5:11).
- Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also (John 15:20).
- If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you (John 15:18).
When Christians have different views (biblical ones) from the mainstream thoughtstyle of the moment, they shouldn’t be surprised that they’re not popular. Jesus wasn’t either. The public even made up lies about Him.
It’s strange. While the world admires great individuals who overcome and set out and rise to the top, they frown on anyone with a different worldview. Why is it so bad to be maverick? Why can’t a person have biblical values? Why are born-again people reviled? What happened to tolerance and inclusion? Secular, anti-Christian rhetoric prevails.
Thankfully, Jesus didn’t only tell us to expect some bumps along the way, He told us how to handle people who become our enemies. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you (Matthew 5:44).
That’s different, for sure. Instead of being angry and seeking revenge, we realize that our enemies are actually sinners for whom Christ died. They would be different if they embraced Him as Savior and repented of their sins. They’d be Christians, too.
Now, that’s inclusive!
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)