The Fruit of The Tree

Journal Pioneer - - COMMUNITY - Ian Kury­lyk Bi­ble Facts Ian Kury­lyk is pas­tor at Sum­mer­side Fun­da­men­tal Bap­tist Church.

“For ev­ery tree is known by his own fruit. For of thorns men do not gather figs, nor of a bramble bush gather they grapes.” (Luke 6:44)

Faith teaches us to rec­og­nize the pro­nounce­ments of God’s Word to be ab­so­lutely au­thor­i­ta­tive. Af­ter this there is also a sphere in which we rec­og­nize the rule of rea­son.

Je­sus ap­pealed to one of the most fun­da­men­tal ax­ioms that rea­son works by, the Law of Cause and Ef­fect. If some­thing pro­duces ef­fects we call ap­ples, then the cause is an ap­ple tree. This free and right­ful use of our in­tel­lec­tual fac­ul­ties is com­mended by the Lord.

The ef­fect of en­slave­ment to po­lit­i­cal cor­rect­ness is just the op­po­site. The mind is not en­cour­aged, or even al­lowed, to con­sider the fruit and come to a con­clu­sion about the tree. Po­lit­i­cal cor­rect­ness is a sys­tem of co­er­cion in which the mind is de­throned and con­clu­sions about the tree are dic­tated rather than be­ing the out­come of ex­er­cis­ing pri­vate judg­ment. Alas that hu­mankind, so ad­mirably sup­plied by God with fac­ul­ties for their own self preser­va­tion should be so eas­ily con­vinced to sur­ren­der their de­fences with­out a bat­tle.

Fur­ther, the fruit it­self is of­ten dis­guised, mis­rep­re­sented, or ob­scured to fur­ther sup­port the es­tab­lished thought pat­terns about the tree. It is hard to know what are facts and what is fake in to­day’s world. And if it has be­come im­pos­si­ble to hide the fruit, the en­gines of po­lit­i­cal cor­rect­ness just shame­lessly deny any con­clu­sions can be made about the tree and preach the ac­cep­tance of some other view.

When this in­san­ity pro­lif­er­ates in mat­ters of man’s spir­i­tual life the ruin is im­pos­si­ble to over­state. How can things go well when ideas con­trary to both God’s re­vealed Word and the ra­tio­nal con­clu­sions of un­bi­ased ob­ser­va­tion bully their way into wide­spread pub­lic ac­cep­tance?

Like in the story of the em­peror’s new cloth­ing, things that make no sense gain al­most uni­ver­sal ac­cep­tance even when they are overtly an­tichris­tian and ob­vi­ously un­true. The dam­age reaches hu­man souls. The so­lu­tion to this prob­lem is first that in­di­vid­u­als would open their Bibles and their eyes and dare to come to the con­clu­sions that are so com­pelling. Je­sus promised that the truth would set us free, but this can never be re­al­ized by those who have be­come the lack­eys of po­lit­i­cal cor­rect­ness.

“It is hard to know what are facts and what is fake in to­day’s world. And if it has be­come im­pos­si­ble to hide the fruit, the en­gines of po­lit­i­cal cor­rect­ness just shame­lessly deny any con­clu­sions can be made about the tree and preach the ac­cep­tance of some other view.”

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