There is a great tendency today, in polite society or in company you are new or not yet truly familiar with, to be politically correct for fear of hurting the sensibilities and feelings of others. This is very considerate of the feelings of others. Often though, this is carried to ridiculous extremes that it becomes doublespeak, or a code for just the opposite of what one wants to convey.
Christ was never one to mince His words. For the poor and the oppressed, he had words of comfort and consolation. But for the evil and the wicked and the devious, he only had words of judgement and condemnation.
Boris Pasternak once wrote, “In every generation, there has to be a fool who will speak the truth as he sees it.” Christ spoke the truth. Many thought Him foolish to do so. And He ended up being the Fool on the Hill, crucified.
Teach me your ways, O Lord.
~ Psalm 25
When Jesus had come into the temple area,
the chief priests and the elders of the people approached him
as he was teaching and said,
“By what authority are you doing these things?
And who gave you this authority?”
Jesus said to them in reply,
“I shall ask you one question, and if you answer it for me,
then I shall tell you by what authority I do these things.
Where was John’s baptism from?
Was it of heavenly or of human origin?”
They discussed this among themselves and said,
“If we say ‘Of heavenly origin,’ he will say to us,
‘Then why did you not believe him?’
But if we say, ‘Of human origin,’ we fear the crowd,
for they all regard John as a prophet.”
So they said to Jesus in reply, “We do not know.”
He himself said to them,
“Neither shall I tell you by what authority I do these things.”