Peter had no sense of the phrase “political correctness.” He was bold and in-your-face. He did not candy coat any hard truth. For this honesty, he was flogged, thrown in prison, and forbidden to speak in the Name of Jesus. Yet he chose to obey the Lord rather than those in authority who told him to stop talking about Jesus.
There will likely be a time two thousand years later when we are called upon to do the same as Peter…to throw political correctness out the window, to rely on the Holy Spirit to give us words to say when we are challenged. In fact, for many that time is already now. The media condemns us for our faith in Jesus; our beliefs have been taken out of public education; our teachers are forbidden to speak of Him. How is that different from what Peter and the apostles faced? It’s not. But look at what Peter said:
23 This man was handed over to you by God’s deliberate plan and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men,[d] put him to death by nailing him to the cross.
God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah.”
You handed him over to be killed, and you disowned him before Pilate, though he had decided to let him go. 14 You disowned the Holy and Righteous One and asked that a murderer be released to you. 15 You killed the author of life, but God raised him from the dead. We are witnesses of this. 16 By faith in the name of Jesus, this man whom you see and know was made strong. It is Jesus’ name and the faith that comes through him that has completely healed him, as you can all see.
It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed.
29 Peter and the other apostles replied: “We must obey God rather than human beings! 30 The God of our ancestors raised Jesus from the dead—whom you killed by hanging him on a cross.
Peter did not mince words. Over and over again he reminded the religious authorities that they killed Jesus.
Would I be so bold? One reason I homeschool is because today’s authorities tried to take Jesus out of the classroom. I want Him IN my classroom because He is within me. He is the source of all wisdom!
I have a tendency, however, to not want to rock the boat. May He give me the boldness and courage to say what needs to be said, no matter how politically incorrect it may be.