In an effort to respect others and not offend, Americans find themselves being extra careful in what they say. With seemingly good intentions, the politically correct movement promises to unite the country where it is divided. Although political correctness may “sound” good, it won’t work and here’s why…
1. Silence Won’t Bring Unity
Ephesians 4:3 – Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.
God calls Christians to be agents for unity. As scripture highlights, unity takes work and effort. It would be naive to think that by simply avoiding certain terms (i.e. being politically correct) that unity is taking place. All it means is there is silence and the topic is no longer being discussed. When this happens, there can be a false sense of tolerance while hostility and division continue to grow below the surface. This is why we are seeing highly volatile situations occur around our country even though we are politically correct. This is why we are also more divided than ever before even though we are more politically correct than ever before.
Unity requires bending, flexing, talking, listening, and learning. It requires we have the patience and humility to understand one another. When this happens it will defuse the situation and de-villianize those with whom we disagree. Then we are able to take more productive steps towards resolve and unity because it comes from a place of compassion and understanding. Being politically correct may give the impression that everything is okay, but in reality it’s just avoiding and enabling an unhealthy situation.
2. Control Won’t Bring Unity
Romans 12:18 – If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.
You’ve heard the old adage, “it takes two to tango.” Well, the same is true when it comes to resolving conflict and division. Unity requires that both parties be committed to the same goal of resolve. This is an act of the will and can’t be controlled. This is why being politically correct won’t work. You may be able to control people’s language with outside pressure but you can’t control the attitude of their heart. Scripture says that we can only be responsible for ourselves, making sure our heart is in the right place, living according to scripture, and doing all we can do to help the situation. Beyond that, it is up to the individual to make their own choice, which means sometimes it won’t work out (see my blog post, You’re Offensive!).
This is the central premise behind the Gospel. God allows each person to freely choose if they want to trust Jesus as their Lord and Savior. God doesn’t force it, litigate it, or demand it. He simply offers it to everyone to make their own choice. Yes, there are implications for our choices (see my blog post, Hell No), but they are still our choices. So when the PC police try to control today’s verbal landscape, it may “sound” better but without a heart change it will never be better. You can’t control unity! You can only be responsible for you!
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