If you take political correctness at face value, it is good. If being politically correct means that we treat people of different backgrounds with respect, then it is a just cause. In fact, it is the heart of Biblical Christianity. If being politically correct means that we do not stereotype people based on gender or race, we are doing exactly what the Bible teaches. Sadly, this is not the real intention of the modern politically correct movement.
The politically correct movement is designed to intimidate people to use language that they create and approve. It is designed to be an open door for thought police. It is a movement designed to suppress free Christian expression -- and we know this because this movement tolerates every ideology except the Christian faith.
The Gospel will always be foolish and offensive in the eyes of the world. But to dilute its offense is to dilute its power. With Jesus as our teacher, we can learn how to walk in compassion, gentleness, and humility without compromising Truth.
"The irony of the politically correct movement is that it fails to produce the very thing it claims to foster: love."
Ultimately, we have Good News to share, and we must declare it openly, lovingly, and without shame. Society will pressure Christians to love as the world loves, but we are called to love as Christ loves. We must continue to declare to the world that Jesus Christ died for sinners, that they might have eternal life in Him.
In addition to changing the language, historical revisionists and liberal Bible scholars are trying to apply modern-day values to the Word of God and historical facts. They are trying to take out all of the pieces that they don’t like. Whether it is in the church or with historians, we must be warned. If we continue on this path, we will end up following a false religion, and our children will not learn the Truth about the Word of God.
What are we to do? Scripture is clear. Take a moment to read 2 Timothy, Paul’s warning to Timothy in similar times. We must not be ashamed to preach the Gospel. We must not quarrel over words but instead we must “preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage -- with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths” (2 Timothy 4:2-4).
The irony of the politically correct movement is that it fails to produce the very thing it claims to foster: love. It is not politically correct to say that Jesus Christ is the only way, the Truth, and the life, but it is Truth. It is the only Truth that changes lives and unlocks the beauty of our full worth as men and women made in His image. It is the only Truth that changes our hearts so we can love our neighbors as ourselves. It is not politically correct, but we are unashamed to declare this Truth everyday through Leading The Way -- for "it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes" (Romans 1:16). It is the only way we can love the world as Christ loved us.