This is a subject of course, that lends itself to a lot of discussion. But here are just a few considerations:
Why do we need Political Correctness? What is Political Correctness? What is Political Correctness trying to achieve?
One dictionary defines Political Correctness this way:-
…the avoidance of forms of expression or action that are perceived to exclude, marginalise, or insult groups of people who are socially disadvantaged or discriminated against:
I’m pretty sure there would be a lot more definitions out there.
Indeed there is no – one narrow definition for PC.
Let’s take one phrase or implication from the above dictionary definition, that relates to all three of our questions.
‘…the avoidance of…(words) or action(s)…that…are…insulting…’
So – first question – why do we need Political Correctness?
Answer: To highlight the need for us all to avoid actions that insult other people.
Second question – What is Political Correctness?
Answer: Some kind of spoken or written premise or rule that we must adhere to in order that others are not insulted.
Third question – What is Political Correctness trying to achieve?
Answer: It is written, spoken, or laid down – to try to ensure correct behaviour or to change or alter the wrong behaviour of others.
We learn straight away therefore, that the need to change bad behaviour or to stop it occurring is the goal of the rules of Political Correctness.
Who has the ultimate say in furnishing us with the rules of political correctness? Do you set the rules? Do I? Does your government have the ultimate say? Does one group of people against whom certain words or actions are deemed unacceptable set the rules for everyone else to follow?
What happens if, by following the cultural rules set by one group that we are meant to conform to – we end up violating what is not acceptable in our own or another’s culture?
Well, what about everyone just laying aside all their cultural rules and regulations of what is and what is not acceptable – and let’s all find a new set of rules that everybody can conform to?
Some might offer this as a solution. And of course as a Christian my ‘rule’ (and so much more than just rules)-book is the Bible.
Political correctness is confusing to say the least. And it somehow, goes on failing to produce the result that is intended.
Is it not a substitute for the real thing?
As a follower of Jesus Christ the Lord, my behaviour outside of a Christian culture is sure to displease, – is it not? Sure to be seen as politically incorrect? Especially, If the acknowledgment of their god is absent from me.
THREE MEN’S POLITICAL INCORRECTNESS?
4 Then a herald cried aloud: “To you it is commanded, O peoples, nations, and languages, 5 that at the time you hear the sound of the horn, flute, harp, lyre, and psaltery, in symphony with all kinds of music, you shall fall down and worship the gold image that King Nebuchadnezzar has set up; 6 and whoever does not fall down and worship shall be cast immediately into the midst of a burning fiery furnace.”
12 There are certain Jews whom you have set over the affairs of the province of Babylon: Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego; these men, O king, have not paid due regard to you. They do not serve your gods or worship the gold image which you have set up.”
So the three Hebrew ‘children’ as they are commonly referred to – were definitely ‘politically incorrect’ in the eyes of this king and his entourage.
When no acknowledgement can be given on my part of any other god, where does this leave myself and any other true Christian in the PC stakes?
Here is what my God says to me:
(Deuteronomy 5/7: You shall have no other gods before Me or besides me…)
But what of other kinds of Political Correctness that isn’t only to do with the god we serve?
If I am harsh and cold and acting in an obnoxious manner toward my fellow man or woman – acting in anger and bitterness toward anyone, does this not expose my inner being as needing transformation and highlighting my need for a better nature?
Jesus exposed religious Pharisaism, and highlighted the selfishness of the human heart by demonstrating His contrasting lifestyle – perfectly.
Showing how a man should be and live. He lived and demonstrated perfectly His own teaching.
The Pharisees amongst others, with their own brand of political correctness – fell miserably short of how human beings should be, and behave. Their Political Correctness failed to produce acceptable behaviour.
Jesus taught and showed how we should live perfectly.
Met anyone else who does that? I certainly haven’t, nor am I going to meet such a person.
Genuine believers in Christ encounter His nature spiritually, and spend the rest of their lives allowing that nature to consume them.
We fail many times – but we see no other gods, demonstrating in a human body a nature that surpasses that of Jesus Christ… – thus we conclude the need to make him – …The Lord.
And rather than trying to work round-pegs into square-holes – we realise the rules of Political Correctness will never produce the result(s) that PC espouses.
Only a new nature that operates from the inside-out, will do the job. PC operates from the outside – trying unsuccessfully to change the inside of man. It doesn’t make the lasting difference it tries to achieve.
The only way we can even begin to achieve what Political Correctness cannot – is when we become transformed inside. When the Person of Jesus Christ is allowed into our lives to live His life through us.
He says we are to ‘come unto Him..’ and he will give us rest.
If we all experience this spiritual rest from Him – the need for PC will not be the priority, but rather maintenance of good wholesome relationships, will be the new goal. This will emerge if fellowship with Him is maintained, by all in the community.
When we have the Presence of the Perfect One with us, we quickly discover the need to change bad behaviour, lest we offend Him, the one we love.
But without a living-real-actual-spiritual-relationship with Him – then we are back to rules alone attempting to get the desired behaviour with the PC code.
So it is not Political Correctness that we need but
a Perfect Companion who says: ‘I am with you always, even to the end of the world’.