To answer if political correctness is about truthfulness, we need to know its origin. Where did PC come from? Its roots are from Stalinism. It is not about free speech but control. Its intention is purely oppressive, yet framed as a motive for loving the repressed minority. Think about it? How does being pretentious make anyone more loving? It doesn’t, and political correctness only makes someone a more efficient hypocrite!
You may remember the song, “Little Lies,” by the rock group Fleetwood Mac. The lyrics reveal the preference of being told lies rather than the truth. Of course, the famous line from the movie, “A Few Good Men,” “The truth, you can’t handle the truth,” is only too true. There are times when the truth has to be told discreetly and with tact. However, the 21st Century culture has invented a form of deceptive communication—political correctness—and it is entirely propagated on the premise of pretentiousness.
The challenge for the Apostle Paul in the 1st Century A.D. was the huge paradigm shift from Judaism to Christianity—Old Covenant to New Covenant. Gentile converts complicated this matter and the struggle with the transition is visible in Acts 15. When Paul wrote the believers in Rome, he was partially addressing a familiar problem of what is the relationship of law and grace. Because he was addressing Jewish and Gentile believers, Paul had to be very diplomatic. And the book of Romans is an absolute theological masterpiece of delineating Paul’s gospel. For most of us, understanding Paul’s gospel will rock our world by changing our beliefs and transforming our experience.
Paul wants his readers on the same page, so he begins talking about the depravity of mankind. Humanity has always had an aspiration for gossip. There is a reason why tabloid journalism is so popular. Consequently, Paul gains our attention by discussing the lascivious behavior of the world. This includes the downward spiral from intelligence (knowing about God) to ignorance to indulgence to impenitence to utter decadence—FROM NORMAL TO ABNORMAL.
In chapter two, he quickly swings to “we are all in the same boat.” Modern society rejects such thinking, because society has bought into the new age philosophy of being positive about one’s self. Consider this, if I have no flaws, I have no need of a Savior! If I have no flaws, I have no need of correction or for humility! Someone will argue that recognizing flaws in each other leads to judgmentalism and hate. NO, IT DOES NOT! The lack of humility—the inability of seeing one’s self as equals to another—is the problem!!!
The solution isn’t changing how I talk, it is a change of heart! Political correctness is a sham, and the first clue is the word political. Who equates truthfulness with politics? Seriously? To be continued …