“What Americans describe with the casual phrase . . . ‘political correctness’
is the most intolerant system of thought to dominate the British Isles since the Reformation.”
(Peter Hitchens, in “Abolition of Britain”)
(Peter Hitchens, in “Abolition of Britain”)
“Stand up for God by standing up to man.” (unknown)
I was thinking of what a Twitter friend said recently. He said, “Thanks for having the *chutzpah* to say what many of us were thinking, but we were being too politically correct to say it.”
The first thing I thought of was, “what did I say?” As I scrolled back on my smartphone, suddenly I remembered what I said. What I said was, “So have more biblical scrolls been discovered lately? All this talk about pro-gay clergy makes me wonder if I’m reading a different Bible.”
Reading between the lines of my friend’s comment raised a couple more questions. Why is it that we do not always say what we’re thinking? The short answer is that it is not always “politically correct” to do so. Was I being “politically incorrect” in saying what I said on Twitter? In my books probably not, since I didn’t directly express a personal view either for or against “gay clergy.” In the view of others, maybe I was. You can read between the lines and draw your own conclusions.
Truth be known, I hate the concept of Political Correctness. I believe that in many ways it is simply a left-wing liberal idea, much like Ecumenism, whereby we reduce society to the lowest common denominator in an effort to promote some form of pseudo-peace and pseudo-unity. Everyone gets reduced to the same miserable level to such an extent that no one knows how to think for themselves anymore. Heaven forbid that anyone say something against the new status quo! If you do, well they label you as being not very “politically correct!” Forget “Freedom of the Press!” The whole thing is nothing more than an accepted form of censorship whereby society dictates what you and I can and cannot say.
Now as a caveat, I’m not a racist and I do not go out of my way to hurt or offend anyone. I’ve sometimes joked about it by saying, “I hate everyone equally,” but the truth of the matter is that this is no joking matter. Mark my words, if we continue on this course of this “politically correct” nonsense, it will only be a matter of time before this left-wing liberal agenda makes the Bible itself “politically incorrect” and it becomes classified as hate literature. Think I’m kidding? I wish I were.
As an example, let’s go back to where we started this discussion. It came about as a result of a comment I made about the pro-gay clergy discussions on Twitter. Now I’m going to quote the Bible and in so doing, I will no doubt be “politically incorrect.” Here goes: Paul said, “Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality…” (1 Corinthians 6:9; ESV). Now what do you suppose the left-wing liberal agenda will do with that?
Though I’m sure that those who were offended by that statement from the Apostle Paul will not understand this, this was NOT a word of hatred towards them or the gay community. I know like you do that God loves them too. However, that fact does not mean that God agrees with the practice of homosexuality. This is NOT hate literature. In God’s mind, there are certain things that will prevent us from inheriting the kingdom of God, and homosexuality is one of them.
It is no different than if my son or daughter would do something contrary to my wishes. If they did, does that mean that I suddenly would stop loving them? Of course not! They may not inherit my blessing on their disobedient actions, but I would still love them.
If I have a problem with anything, it is trying to understand how people who call themselves Christians can at the same time accept the gay agenda, even to the extent of permitting that sin (oops, I went and used that politically incorrect “sin” word again) in the clergy ranks. That is where my trouble understanding lies. Then again, when we stop and realize that advocates of gay clergy are usually also from the more left-wing liberal churches, this really shouldn’t surprise us when they also follow the “politically correct” path in order to not offend.
It is in my way of thinking absurd to think that a person can be “politically correct” and be a Bible-believing Christian at the same time. Does that offend you? If so then perhaps once again I wasn’t being very “politically correct.” I believe that the bottom line is that those who worry about “political correctness” are also more likely to worry about what others think of them. However, who should we be concerned about pleasing; man or God? Usually that’s an either /or proposition. We cannot have it both ways.
Galatians 1:10 says, “For am I now seeking the approval of Man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ." The best way to be a servant of Christ is to follow God’s word and to be in agreement with His worldview, even if that means being “politically incorrect” because we speak against man’s worldview.
In desiring to be “politically correct” in order to not offend man, is it possible that we may have actually offended God instead?
As Christians, what ought our approach to “political correctness” be?
Where do we draw the line? I wonder.