The inanity of political correctness

July 28, 2010 — 8 Comments

I did not grow up in a perfect family. I would imagine that’s true for most of my readers (not to insult you, just pointing out that this blog doesn’t appear to get many hits from perfect people).

Despite any imperfections, my family did manage to teach me strong Judeo-Christian values, including strength of character, the importance of personal responsibility, and self-respect. Our American culture is spiraling out of control because we have been coaxed and cajoled by the media elite (who clearly didn’t have perfect families either) to believe that in order to be respected, our country must roll out the ‘welcome’ mat and be stomped on by those who simply do not share traditional American values.

Christians are increasingly under attack even in America. Atheists partner with liberal lawyers to challenge Christians’ right to pray to a God that the atheist doesn’t even believe exists. Churches are increasingly, though for the most part subtly(for the time being), pressured to not speak out on issues of moral right and wrong. In fact, the notion of ‘absolute truth’ has become nearly as offensive as a swear word, even among many believers.

Now New York City is moving ahead with plans to allow for a new Islamic mosque to be erected at Ground Zero — the very place where radical Islamic jihadists would snuff out the lives of nearly 3000 people not even ten years ago. The mayor of NYC doesn’t seem to understand what’s wrong with this picture because, after all, NYC is a place that prides itself on its colorful mosaic of diversity and multiculturalism.

Rodney King is perhaps best known for that whiny phrase, “Can’t we all get along here?”

Well, in a nutshell the answer is no — at least not if we intend to live with some measure of dignity and self-respect.

Muslims and Christians are diametrically opposed people groups. Christians pride themselves on loving God and loving each other. However, love does not equate with giving others carte blanche to do whatever makes them feel most comfortable. Several weeks ago I wrote a piece about America’s only hope — which essentially is prayer and humble repentance to a God that I feel we have forsaken as a nation. A second leg of that hope is based on the willingness of Christians in America to rise to the occasion and be a force for good — which includes fighting for our First Amendment rights.

Only in America would a religious group expect to throw up a place of worship in a location that is clearly enshrined in the hearts of millions. Especially when you consider that most Muslim people would never endorse a Christian place of worship being built in their homeland. I happen to have a number of liberal friends, with whom I frequently but respectfully disagree. However, what my liberal friends seem to not know is that jihadists are encouraged, if not expected, to erect places of worship at geographic points of conquest. And even if the peace-loving Muslims in America wouldn’t see a Ground Zero mosque as such a trophy, their hateful counterparts certainly would. Why in the world would we ever want to allow them such an in-your-face-arrogant prize?

I’m all for Christians being loving and as peaceful as possible. However, when our stalwart defense of others’ right to free speech and expression begins to result in the squelching of the same rights for us, then it’s time to change the strategy. When such rights become diminished for us as Christians, then our window of opportunity to reach the world becomes much more narrow.

The saddest thing perhaps is that most people who call themselves Christians are not really doing much even now to make an eternal difference with the message we supposedly cherish. The quest to be ‘politically correct’ in a world that clearly isn’t will ultimately reveal that Christians in America are among the stingiest of all people, effectively hoarding the Good News rather than generously proclaiming it while there is still time.

That would be not only inane; it would be utterly unconscionable — and blatantly indefensible before a holy God who gave us the most lavish gift of all, His only Son.

Father God, make us bold witnesses for You wherever we may be. May our words be supported by our actions this day. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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8 responses to The inanity of political correctness

  1. 

    “In fact, the notion of ‘absolute truth’ has become nearly as offensive as a swear word, even among many believers.”
    No joke! It’s hard to have any sort of discussion when everything is relative (except relativity, of course).

    • 

      It is extremely frustration — particularly when I see other ministers who have sold out to ‘political correctness.’ I’m reminded of Jesus’ words when he said that ‘no man can serve two masters.’ I know that was about God and money, but I think it could just as well apply to ‘God and other people.’ We’ve got to be focused on what pleases Him.

  2. 

    As much as I dislike the concept of your words, I fear that I understand it all too well and agree with much of it. God help us all !!

    • 

      I totally understand your sentiment. As I told someone the other day, I don’t necessarily LIKE what I believe when it comes to the direction of our nation — but it doesn’t change the fact that I do believe it. It’s good to have you stop by.

  3. 

    Great post.

    It’s worth remembering that any time someone takes a stand for something, that action is necessarily a divisive one. Jesus said that he had come to turn sons against their fathers and daughters against mothers (Mat 10:35), and he wasn’t kidding. When you actually have something that you believe in, you are dividing along the lines of those who accept and those who reject that belief.

    The wishy-washy rubbish of “oh, whatever anyone wants to believe is great” is just ridiculous: that’s not talking about real belief at all. If you’re serious about a principle, a doctrine or a philosophy, there will be division. That doesn’t mean that there can’t be dialogue, but trying to pretend that all beliefs are compatible is absurd.

    • 

      Thanks for the feedback and encouragement. You are so right in your words regarding division. I wish more people would take a stand on important issues. I hope you’ll keep in touch.

  4. 

    Unfortunately, POLITICS (demo, repub) now are problems WITHIN our churches, Sunday Schools and small groups. Speaking WHAT YOU BELIEVE in those groups NOW ALIENATES some of those. We are badly in need of UNITY in regard to our GOSPEL.

    • 

      You’re absolutely right, John. Don’t think for a minute that I don’t experience that. Fortunately, most people are pretty good to disagree respectfully — or avoid the subject. This passage from 2 Timothy is one of the most frightening in all the Bible to me personally. Verse 5 is particularly ominous. I think there are far too many people in our churches who fall into that spiritual quicksand. Sadly, many of our church leaders allow the ones from that group to dictate how life’s issues are — or are NOT — addressed from the pulpit. Just my opinion.

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