While drinking coffee in a restaurant, my attention was drawn to a conversation involving several gentlemen, discussing the current state of political correctness. Later that day I gave more thought to the nature of this growing trend where society seeks to avoid expressions or actions at most any cost to keep from offending others. Failure to follow suit, and you may be pinned with being prejudice or discriminatory without real cause. It seems that way these days. Any who wish to be truthful and honour Biblical precepts are being polarized since Christians do hold differing viewpoints about homosexuality, transgender rights, capital punishment, profiling, and cultural sensitivity —- the list keeps growing and growing. It used to be that people were united in principle to the Christian-Judeo based laws and ethics in our country. But that was back then. To speak openly now about sin issues and live out our convictions are being threatened by those who mistakenly think that by silencing dissenting opinions that they will limit racism, sexism, homophobia, Islamophobia, ableism and other so-called forms of discrimination.
I cannot help but think of the backward retreat into chaos that is now taking place. A police officer speaks openly about the plight of alcoholism in the native culture and he faces charges from his employer, a judge reprimands a Eastern Indian cab driver for sexual assault, that his degrading behavior toward women could affect how his culture is viewed by others finds himself also under fire. It seems people in professions are not to express realities in certain cultures. Nowadays, telling the truth carries repercussions. It now appears we are expected to say things in ways that often skirts the real issues, so not to offend anyone or put particular cultures in a bad light. The problem with not being honest is that you will never come to terms with the many difficulties that all of us must face about ourselves and our distinct societies.
We need to understand that God knows nothing about avoidance and tells all of us that we are sinners and that our sins are many and diversified. In the Old Testament, an account is given of a man named Achan who had stolen some articles and hid them. He was discovered and was punished and so was his family. It is thought that his family members knew about the theft and remained silent. God held everyone who was involved guilty and each paid a price for their sin (Joshua 7:10-26). What surrounded this issue were two obvious facts: first, the nation of Israel was not to tolerate Achan’s sin, and second, none can hide their sins from God. God holds those who are guilty accountable. In this exercise of justice, God brought before Joshua and the nation of Israel all the tribes, then the clans, until only Achan remained. This was done in front of the whole community so they could see for themselves the culpability of Achan, and by extension his family members. The end result is that any who may have had some leanings to do as Achan did would think twice about it afterwards. The community had learned a vital lesson that day about the God of Truth who hates deceitfulness and covetousness.
Each one of us is potential liars. Accepting this about ourselves is not always easy. Finding fault in someone else is much simpler and less shameful. It is never right to engage in falsehoods for the sake of preserving sensitivities or use it as a fictitious covering of individual(s) or culture. This is becoming far too frequent in the many rewrites of history that we term historical revisionism, a kind of re-interpretation of the historical record to suit one’s own choosing.
Often when facts are no longer important to us, we are victims of our own doing inasmuch as we fail to accept that life in a fallen world encompasses all types of sin issues in all kinds of people of different races, backgrounds, and cultures. Therefore, what ails us most cannot be fixed with misconceptions and made-up lies about ourselves; it only makes matters worse! Proponents who stand behind political correctness view gospel truth as a phantom enemy, since in their eyes it seemingly only ever excludes, marginalizes, or insults groups of people who refuse to accept it as the only way to God and see life from a proper perspective. The world needs the gospel message yet across our nation efforts are underway to reduce the Christian influence. Christmas is a prime example of this where the traditional manger scene normally seen in many of our public institutions has been removed. It seems we are not sensitive enough to other belief systems! Typically, our Christian heritage is put aside to accommodate other faiths. Apparently, it seems good for people to insist on their so-called rights, but soon forget their duty to honour God and His Christ that decades ago prevailed in many of our institutions and homes. In the wake of all these changes is a chilling reminder that truth no longer seems to matter that much anymore, as seen by the excessive attention placed on accommodation and acceptance of beliefs, practices and failings no matter how sinful and degrading these may be. Any resistance by pointing to the real reason(s) behind the failures of individuals or cultures and you may be categorized a bigot or racist and in need of some type of cultural sensitivity training. It appears that reality is fast becoming unreal.
The message of the gospel is a reality check on all of our lives. You either accept it or reject it. God means it to be that way. God demonstrated his intolerance to sin, especially among His chosen people when he dealt with Achan and his family. God acted in the only way He can and even gave Achan ample time to repent, which he failed to do. God does not support lying or the practise of it, and the current edition of “political correctness” is quite often a subtle form of misdirection and deceitfulness. Christians must be courageous and tell the truth always in love and to let the gospel ring true in their lives and speech. The Christian should never engage in falsehoods nor be dissuaded from honest communication because of fear, reprisals or intimidation – since we love God and because our world needs to hear the truth.