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The Lutheran Hour bringing Christ. To the nation's. Was Jesus being politically incorrect or worse when he compared to certain people to dogs at the dinner table. In today's message pastor Ken Klaus tells how those seemingly harsh words prompted a surprising display a face. Jesus was always dedicated to the job of CBS. And he remained committed to redeeming in rescuing souls. Now near his time in his list of things that need to be done whose claim to be and I used in offensive and acceptable to everybody around him. Meant he was done. Who talks about when loosen its Willis for pastor clauses message titled. God's dog. Later pester Klaus and doctor Gregory cells discussed the challenges of preaching in a politically correct world. And listen to wonders what Jesus would do if his flight. Was overbooked. Stay tuned for the answer. And now with a message titled God's dog hears our speaker emeritus tester can klux. Christ is risen. He is risen indeed me. You don't they give things that you have loved me enough to sacrifice your son to save me it was not a politically correct thing to do. It because you did I have been given forgiveness and salvation. Britney gratitude to you might see Buren and the holy spirit for saving me from my sins and myself. Lord grant such gratitude to be the response of assault. Amen. The story begins this way. And Jesus went away from there and withdrew to the district of Tyre and Sidon. And be older teen and eyed woman from that region came out and was crying. Have mercy on me oh lord some of David my daughter is severely oppressed by a demon. But he did an answer her word. And his disciples came in Binghamton saying send her away. He answered I was sent only to the launching of the house of Israel. Which he came in though before and saying lord. Help me. And he answered and it's not right to take the children's Brendan throw to the dogs. He said he is lord. Even the dogs need to crumbs that fall from their master's table. Then Jesus sensitive. Whole woman greatest Jewish faith and he had done for you as you desire. And a daughter was healed instantly. That is the lord's word. No other sermons that are easy to ring sermons that. Come only pulling wisdom teeth. That's a long ago later with TV creature was having a difficult time with his sermon that's because his. Advisors and proof reader shot down all of his opening ideas. For example in his message about Jesus and what we would call political correctness or more accurately that Jesus lack of political correctness. Is going to begin with an old joke that starts this way. Array of iron a priest and a pastor walked into a bar. He was told he wasn't allowed to tell that story. Why not yes. They told it was because some clergy would object to the three clergy going into Mubarak and his would be upset beacon is the only stories about preachers and other ministers would be upset because. They have no sense of humor. Rather than doing eleven more were destined to end up in the politically incorrect waste basket that this remain an appointment with that is an advisor. You said it led to begin with a funny story about this dumb person who comes from. He didn't get to finish she was interrupted and told. You can tell any kind of joked you want as long is. It doesn't involve nationalities physical and mental attributes spirited six and sexual preferences. Poverty and wealth ignorance different social straight of the gift in the nine gifted. Religion jobs and unemployment abortion national prevalence races in stereo types. Is that the list. You asked. This politically correct critic looked at him is if you were an alien. She sightings and of course that's not all that should be in a whole new list which he didn't listen to. After 45 minute she ran down and he was able to ask okay tell me what is allowed. She smiled and said that's the spirit the only joke we currently find to be acceptable as this one what did one wall say to the other wall. One wall said a meet cute at the corner. After that he gave up trying to introduce his message with some humor. The age of political correctness to ground him down and. I'm afraid I need to. Businesses have Ripley he's still their chairman with chair persons we have police and fire persons and we can no longer tell jokes about dumb persons who come from. Anywhere. Recently the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee decided even the term political correctness is no longer politically correct. As a result in many places ministers no longer see their particular denomination is the right one. And summer and an entirely sure their religion is actually the only one which seems. That is in part because. They're not even positive that Jesus is the world's only see here. In our into political correctness in this called anything but sin and if somebody's going to hell no they're not headed to a place of everlasting punishment no they're going to hell a small town south of Phoenix Arizona. There's also won in Michigan. Political correctness has become so much a part of our lives that we just naturally expected to see you would be the one person who would never do or seen anything to upset anyone at any time. That picture the savior sounds good but the latest scriptures it just doesn't stand up to scrutiny. We see Jesus was always gentle with the gospels tell telling me things mighty uncomfortable for the sellers and money changers when he overthrew their tables and reclaimed the temple for his father. You say Jesus spoke gently. But Matthew relates on one game just a few minutes Jesus called the Ferris he's hypocrites blind guides fools blindly and serpents in a brood of vipers. We like to think Jesus accepted people as they were which he did. But he never left those people as they word. Jesus called them away from seeing old from under the laws condemnation. If you summarize this non accepting save you with the words from that time Jesus began to preach Singapore and for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. Gentle Jesus meek and mild is a beautiful concept. And there are many times his care and compassion are simply too great for any human form of measurement. But we need to remember that Jesus was always dedicated to the job of saving us and he remained committed to redeeming in rescuing souls. Not near as high and his list of things that need to be done. Was trying to be innocuous inoffensive and acceptable to everybody around him. Matthew's gospel talks about one of those times. The story begins by introducing us to the Gentile woman that is a woman who was in two. The woman hitting spiritually sick child at home a child who was possessed. No doubt the mother had in the (%expletive) taken her girl to numerous doctors and countless exorcist. After examining the child these Wiseman would've said something like. Minimally are deeply saddened to say we are helpless to do anything to help you girl and they'll be fifty pieces of silver please. Without resolution in the present and little hope for the future this mother would have been ecstatic to hear that Jesus and his crew. Had crossed over from Galilee to her own neighborhood. Her mother's hurting heart knew Jesus arrival had given her an unexpected once in a lifetime opportunity. Determined to get help for her daughter the nameless woman surged four and found Jesus. No doubt her first approach to the important men would have been made with the quiet voice filled with respect. But her please received knowing management or frequency and volume would have increased. Was she being obnoxious maybe. When she mean nuisance probably what did she care this was her daughter and Jesus was are all. The woman followed deceive your endlessly repeating their unanswered petition. Eventually the C news disciples had had enough. Jesus they said this lady is like a broken record and she's driving is not scared to do something to get rid ever. I can't tell you if the woman heard the disciples words. I can tell you she decided to doing desperate things. She got in front of the group black Jesus death knelt down and beg for help lord. Of mercy. She said. It's the same request that has been put forth countless times but the lost and lonely this and didn't sorrowful. The discouraged depressed and despondent. It is the soulful amend which in the past it always moved Jesus to action. But this time was different. Jesus looked at the woman and said sorry I haven't been sent to you my obligation is to the Jews and I can't take the Brit off their table and give it to you. Analysts who have missed this politically incorrect rebuked by Jesus let me share. He just called desperately he had dogs and many implied he wasn't gonna helper. No and our needs being called the dog is and so very ban. Consider canines don't have to sit for twenty years in the classroom they don't meet deadlines were able bills attend meetings but he takes his interest a tortured trip. Change flat tires. America is over a thousand animal hospitals many of which have operating rooms pharmacies research labs blood veins in 24 hour emergency rooms. America spends more and pet food and does and baby food. Last year two billion dollars was spent and dog accessories late gem studded collars gold plated lace and stays beef flavored toothpaste end to breath sprays. Some department stores offer beauty products for dogs. Things vacations buzz perfume and dogging nail polish to come and sophisticated machines for sophisticated dogs. You put your dog up and hotel we're puppy will enjoy individually decorated rooms. And be fed liver and traipse 200 dietitians supervision. In our age being a dog ain't so bad. But in Bible times dogs were not usually pence. They were fearsome creatures who roamed in packs frightening people eating garbage on the street stepping up their own vomit as well as the occasional I don't promoting profit eating queen like gee Isabel. When Jesus spoke to the woman in front of him and referred to were is a dog into wasn't a compliment. Of course Jesus could've settlers. Our savior lived in and changed it wasn't politically correct his was a time in fairness he's wouldn't be bread which had been touched by a Gentile. In those long ago days if you go to married someone outside the family faith. He would have a funeral for the lady who was at least you dead and gone. Political correctness. In Jesus time if and then you accidentally wandered into the reserved for the Jews section of the temple. They made sure it didn't happen again by throwing an individual over the cliff upon which the temple had been built. Nine in the savers tax political correctness was a long way off. That's why when Jesus referred to this lady is a dog. The disciples would have been because they were sure Jesus said put the lady in place. Hearing those words. And seeing those grinning disciples. With a deadly lead them. He chasing Jesus who are cruel man. He she saying when making TU I expected better than this. She's simply pick a Brit things and go home to her troubled daughter did she say Jesus I suppose it never occurred to use that even though I am a woman in a society which holds women in this respect I am still a human being. And as a human being I expect certain considerations. And a modicum of respect. The takes tells us this lady did not know those that. In his singular act of humility and this lady admitted she was a dog. She confession was. My angle Okur and may be something that even that good. This remarkable woman says. Jesus not for a moment would I suggest you deprive your children of anything which is their right. You console. A still state my claim in the crumbs which fall off my master's table. Then having me this remarkably humble statement of faith belief he waited. To we need to see what crumbs might be forthcoming. You know the Bible is a wonderful book and it contains all the information the lord wants to stay ahead of that being said I must admit there are times when I wish I could have just a bit more than this conveyed by the scriptures. This is one of those times. What I would like is someone to describe Jesus faces he looked down upon us amazingly. Although Matthew doesn't tell us of Jesus expression changed. I have always believed that seed Kris face Childress smiled. A very pretty very pleased smile. I think that. Because this lady had shown the disciples so senator ought to act in the presence of the person would come into this world to offer his slave. For their forgiveness and salvation. This woman had not demanded any owners have not approached Jesus as an equal. She was what we all are. Poor and miserable singers were helpless to change ourselves. Our lives our problems are eternity. Like that woman like her daughter and misled the disciples if we are to be changed who will only be because our master makes it happen. He has this league he shows his hello softly and should Eric and Jesus did for that lady would he does for all sinners who come to him saying. Lord to be merciful to me is senator. Jesus raised that lead the open he promoted her. No longer wish he would dog praying for a few crumbs Jesus made her into family member. It's the same thing he's done for billions of other sinful souls who have been brought to him with faith and a plea for forgiveness. We shouldn't be surprised I see is said it would happen and we when he wrote seek the lord and while he may be found. Call upon him while he is near and let the wicked forsake his way in the end rages man his thoughts lead in return to the lawyer. That he may have compassion and them into our god for he will abundantly pardon. That will abundantly pardon I am glad that he does. This because his love and his partner of the only things which will change or two days and our return Andy's. Think. Like that I mean lady. We are all misbehaving dogs that should be punished for misbehavior. Shouted it from the air but we creed banned from God's house where filthy habits and kept locked away for our med fits of rage we are dogs. Because this country is that way. On the contrary. That does the most politically incorrect thing this world is overseen. He sacrificed his son deceive the dogs. And Venus Driehaus was on player in your children your dog were trapped inside the firefighters could rescue only one. Would vote to save fight though. None of us would do it. Would be unthinkable unimaginable but that's wouldn't god deed. God sent his son to die for the dogs of the world. We don't should've been whipped Jesus took to lash when the dawn should have been taken out and Chad Jesus took the bull litter or accurately the cross. You wouldn't sacrifice to send to save the dog. That gun did that same view. Oh does some of you are listening in my voice and they are looking for a god who is more than your equal. When a guy knew him low bidder no more cure harder Hindu would his rate freeze. It and share and then done. It got a new rose above political correctness to sacrifice his son to forgive NCB's sole. If you would like to know more about sections on please. Call us at the Lutheran Hour. They're listening to blew through an hour this is action can ministry. Your call to action in response to all that god has done for you can Jesus Christ mark in honor of archives August pastor clause is joining us for action in ministry today picking up on some thoughts from the sermon. Once again great to have you with us pastor clocks thank you so it's wecht great to be here now. Pastor close today he has some fun with the notion of political correctness. And someone maintain that all this PC business is really just intended to avoid offending others. But that's not often the way it's used is it. When you say political correctness was originally designed to avoid offending people who needed to be defended. That was a good thing. Unfortunately like most things in life the pendulum has swung to an extreme. All too often political incorrect in this is to find his. Anything which offends or might possibly offend the person who shelled solo mr. Susan court the fastest. Now going back to the stories from today's message you explain to bit how a culture of that day was different from Mars. Jesus was comparing this kid tonight woman and her people to dogs that were licking up the crumbs under the table. It's a broadcaster talk like that about people of another race they'd be off the air just like that. How is this comparison to be properly understood well. We don't even have to go back to the floor and the time of the savior. The three hours banana over 85 years. If you listen to the message of the first speaker Walter Meier to see that he was much more direct in the things he said in the way he condemns sin. Degree challenge for us is the use of vocabulary which is faithful to the lord's word in at the same time. Not cause people to become unglued that bit unglued. Yet he went to bring about repentance and people's Harden and a knee jerk overreaction to the words which you've used. Why is it possible then for preacher to avoid giving fans a fence and still do his job you know is there any such thing as let's say. Us healthy offense and maintain the preacher condemn something Lawrence's people are doing wrong he takes them to a cross road. I did they will reject what has been said they will repent. While we may spread to make every correction a healthy offense. The ultimate choice of whether the law conveyed his healthy or not comes in the mind and heart of the listener Newton. And in order to receive God's gifts we first must acknowledge we deserve nothing of what god wants to get us. Why does that teaching me with so much resistance to either to come in concepts which seemed to have captured people's mindset. The first is that unrealistic spirit of equality. Although it defies all logic people of wrongly concluded human beings are illegal run I'm not my way sequel when it comes to carrying a child who pregnancy. Today people that extend their misguided belief about equality to the lord he smarter stronger wiser kinder more just merciful and gracious than any of us. They presented the idea that the lord is in control. And they earn that button and they're upset. When he says this is right in and is wrong and they will be judged by his decisions. Moos takes us to our secondary of misunderstanding. That's in regard to many people living is skewed spirit of entitlement. Once people felt that the lord was there judge and they were because of their sins and trail before him. An honest examination their lives had shown them that they should be condemned and it was only through Jesus Christ that they would be spared. Today the feeling about such things as reversed. People put themselves in the judge's seat in the lord is the one who has to justify everything he says and everything he does. Everything he decides and rules. In short the lord and he needs to be politically correct lake we're. Because if he doesn't do that we're gonna ignore the at least until judgment day. That's or at least until judgment day total bastard -- we always appreciate your perspective and your ability to convey the truths of the scripture. Through a good story Hillary when you telling good joked this thank you so much for being here with us today. Thank you for having me and that's our action ministries segment today to blessed to empower and to strengthen your life in Christ. Four others. Now available from Lutheran Hour ministry us. So what we have to think about at the end of the sixteenth century is that the religious landscape shifting. The lutherans were officially. A big problem. Because now Protestants are organizing on the political scale and the reformers are saying this is God's truth we can't. We can't let go we're not teaching anything new here this is. These interim order Protestants to re adopt traditional Catholic beliefs and practices that and personal camera to come back but I mean come back. There's there's no coming back so the wheels are coming out of this holy Roman empire. The Pope declared it Noelle Boyd invalid unjust and meaningless. European leaders both Catholic and Protestant ignored his opinion. That's what we'll be hearing very different and think you'll hear differently. Without reforming. A man named Martin part three the movement. Learn more at LA champ dot org. A and. It okay. The Lutheran Hour has brought to you each week to the generous support of Lutheran Hour ministries donors and partners. To make a gift please call 1855. 5646316. Or go online LH down dot org. And thank you for partnering with us in this Christ centered outreach and together we are bringing Christ to donations and donations to the church. And a faster Claus leads us in praying the lord's prayer. Our father. What can have been allowed to be done in. The kingdom come they will be done honors says it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And for you this our Chris this is as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation. But deliver us from evil. When nine is the kingdom and the power and the glory. Forever and ever amen. No me the grace of our lord Jesus Christ in the love of god and the fellowship of the holy spirit be and remain with you all amen. I. What would Jesus do if his flight was overbooked. That is more or less our question today for our speaker emeritus pastor Ken Klaus I'm mark measure. I murdered. In today's question the answer is a beast in the litter received so. Can you know the direction we're headed that's right it comes to us from an individual who listens to the Lutheran Hour but also subscribes to your daily devotion it's dignity devotion to free and worth every penny endless day. You might recall some months ago a doctor refused to be bumped off his flight and he was quite forcibly taken off the plane. The fact dragged down the aisle like a sack of potatoes any suffered a bloody nose and some other screens are listener had a fodder to concerning that new story. He does not take the side of that evicted passenger he says it didn't have to be that way the Carolina authorities told him he needed to give up his seat. He refused and things escalated from that point. Why couldn't he just cooperate with the authorities. And I'm sure quite a few people would agree with that position now here's the theological part of this question our listener says too many people today. Wanted fairway who cares what anybody else says. No respect for authority. He contends that is not the way Jesus worked. Jesus obeyed the authorities especially his father in heaven. Who sent him into our world to suffer and die on our behalf are listener says they're for resisting authority is not biblical and it's not the way Jesus lived. Are we supposed to Obey those who are in authority because that's what our savior did. It is a fascinating question. And I'm afraid most people learn not going delayed the answer I assume you're going to say something like yes sometimes we should Obey those in authority and we know sometimes we shouldn't. And Mike to closely and you are ready and I'm Melanie and that is what happens when you sit at the maker of phone with the same person for over fifteen years. And now we wait for you to amplify and explain at all foresaw it makes cents or did Jesus. Obey those who were in authority. This there was certainly rate about that Jesus was always about doing the father's work. There was never a moment when he decided to just kick loose and go off on his own and there were also many times when he OBB earthly authorities to which he was subject. News arrest in the garden and disseminate he went voluntarily. Even though he could've called for and received legions of powerful angels who into rescuing. And he went to back cross voluntarily give up his life for us he could've come down from across and that he didn't. But there were also times when Jesus did not Obey those who were in positions of power. Neither were the Jesus trial the high priest system many questions. Scripture tells us that Jesus remain silent. King Herod demanded Jesus performed a miracle for is an entertainment the savior declined. Indeed if Jesus had obeyed the authorities Redmond Gundy would never of gotten into trouble in the first place. We need to remember. Jesus was crucified because those who were empowered considered him. Too dangerous to live live we don't often think of Jesus that way in times Jesus disobeyed the authorities. And so did many other leaders from the lord appointed him for example that Moses. He confirmed Ferrell and demanded the release of God's people are Joshua overthrew the existing authorities when is relates came into the promised land in Concord. We could also think of the biblical judges and profits who found themselves in conflict with authorities as they spoke according to the lord's direction and then there was young David and king sol. If we do an entry at the prophet Daniel in those three fellows who endured the fiery furnace because they refused to bow down or. The leg Jew who ran afoul of queen just a bill and killed Golar idol worshipping profits of ball well. How then can we know when it's OK to the super day. Easing. Peter and the other disables lead on the ground rules when they say and we must still be gone rather than men. Earthly authorities ultimately derive their power from gunned. We'll be those authorities as long as with the demand does not conflict with what god says in his word. Win and if that happens we must take their cue from where new currency here I stand I can do no other god help me. And with that we company and our broadcast for another week thing to fester close and we thank our listener for that question this has been a presentation of Lutheran Hour ministries. Are. Our. And I. I. Okay. And.