Politically Correct

From Consideration to Apostasy

Jim Allen

Are you conducting yourself appropriately in a politically correct world? Will one slip of the tongue destroy your career? Will the wrong action or jest result in an arrest? While it is true we need to measure the impact of our words and actions and speak kindly and lovingly, people are flawed and make innocent mistakes.

Political correctness has been around for a while. I know you've heard of it. Various groups have used it to identify those failing to align with their political views of right thinking. Some earlier and milder forms of political correctness began with the English language. A word like "man" used in a prefix or suffix is no longer acceptable. For instance, the word mankind is now humankind; manhole is maintenance hole; chairman is chairperson; salesman is salesperson; handyman is handyperson and on ad infinitum.

A few years ago another more troubling example of political correctness was cited by Rhian Hughes who wrote, "The *BBC has dropped the use of the terms Before Christ (BC) and Anno Domini (AD) on one of their programs and decided that the terms 'Before Common Era' and 'Common Era' are more appropriate." [1] The idea that Christ should be the measure of cataloging historical events on a time chart was obviously offensive to some people.

Today, a more ominous and recent example of political correctness occurred when Brendan Eich was forced to resign as CEO from Mozilla. A politically correct group on social media learned Eich had donated money to Proposition 8 (a ban on gay marriage in California) six years earlier. The group launched a social media campaign against Mozilla ending in Brendan's resignation. From what I've been able to glean, Eich was exercising his constitutional right to donate to a political cause, which was then judged by a social media group as evil and a danger to society.

A seriously more ominous example of political correctness is its power to isolate and demonize anyone who does not agree with a group's faith values. During Pope Francis' New Year address he said, "We belong to the same human family and we share a common destiny. This brings a responsibility for each to work so that the world becomes a community of brothers." [2]

On unity and the need for inclusiveness, the Pope talked about his hope for a gospel of brotherhood to break down the barriers of division…that there is indeed the need for everyone to join in commitment to build a global society that is fair, equal, and united. While I agree we all need to get along, I sense this new gospel of brotherhood will not look kindly upon those adhering to the Gospel of exclusiveness; that is, we do not all worship the same God.

As Dr. David R. Reagan warns:
The most popular apostasy in Christendom today is the teaching that God has revealed Himself in many different ways to diverse cultures and that, therefore, all religions worship the same god, but just use different names. From this viewpoint, the Allah of Islam is the same as the Yahweh of Judaism and both are the same as the Krishna of Hinduism. The natural conclusion that is drawn from this apostate idea is that there are many different paths to God, Jesus being only one of them. [3]
Jesus steadfastly rebuked this widely embraced viewpoint when he said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me (John 14:6)."

To suggest Jesus is the only way to salvation places the genuine believer on the outside looking in. Defending John 14:6 will be looked upon by the world (and compromising faiths) as offensive because no opinion (different from theirs) will be tolerated.

Hal Lindsey writes:
The real goal of political correctness is to convince us that all ideas and beliefs are of equal validity. No idea or belief is greater or truer than any other idea or belief. And that is the danger. If Satan can convince people that all ideas are equal, then he can convince them that anyone who promotes anything that is "exclusive" or "better" is evil and a menace to society. In that way, Satan can destroy our willingness to accept that there may be some ideas and beliefs that really are better than others — because they are true and wholesome and beneficial. [4]
God himself said, "For your thoughts are not My thoughts (Isaiah 55:8)." Without question, God's thoughtful ways are higher and better than our ways; but, the world will not hear of it! God's way of living goes against the grain of political correctness and herein the disquieting irony of living in a world where biblical truth is no longer tolerated (1 Corinthians 2:14).

Something the government seems eager to prove:
The mention of God's name and anything remotely religious has become taboo in government, the courts, and education. Anything remotely religious in nature is subject to being removed from public property — anything remotely Christian, that is. The exceptions to this rule are Islamic, far Eastern, Native, and Pagan representations. Not only can God not be credited with creation or intervention in the affairs of man — the very mention of the existence of God is prohibited. [5]
Of course, none of this should be surprising to any of us. Charles Darwin never intended for the Theory of Evolution to replace the Bible; but when the seeds of his theory took root in the minds of godless men, it took on a life of its own. Although political correctness may have begun with good intentions, it has now devolved to take on a depraved life of its own.

In closing, God is exclusive (Isaiah 6:3). Believers following the narrow path of morality outlined in the Bible will never find a welcome mat at the doorway of political correctness. Believers will never be accepted by those who hate and rage and seek to silence messengers of the Gospel. Our life is in Christ and Jesus' exclusive claim to be the great I AM stands eternally unyielding (John 6:51, John 8:12, 23, 58, John 10:9, 11; John 14:6; John 15:1).

*British Broadcasting Company

1. Rhian Hughes — "11 Examples of Political Correctness Gone Mad"
2. Minneapolis Star Tribune — January 2, 2014
3. Dr. David R Reagan — "One World Religion" — Lamb Lion Ministries
4. The Hal Lindsey Report — "The PC Monster" — January 18, 2014
5. "Got is not…PC3"

Image Credit: Ten Commandments monument, shortly before it was removed from the Alabama Supreme Court
Angela Orlando; Creative Commons

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Published 4-8-2014; Edited 4-16-2014