Remember my post a ways back where I used the analogy of the drunk man on a horse? That analogy can really be used for any situation where there are two extremes. Christianity is full of opportunities to fall of a horse only to get back on and fall off the other side. There is one topic in particular that catches my eye on occasion. It is the topic of being politically correct.
Not political correctness is a bit of a sore spot for Christians. This statement gets thrown in our face whenever we speak against some kind of sin. It is not politically correct to tell someone something they are doing is wrong. That is a big no. We take this issue though and decide to jump off the cliff with it. Being politically incorrect is some kind of a badge of honor for Christians in our world today. We will say what we want, when we want, however we want because that is Christian and American.
I would propose that there are some things that are certainly politically incorrect. Racist jokes are rather politically incorrect. Judging someone for their skin color should be a pretty big no for anyone including Christians. Should we avoid it just because it is politically correct?
Before I go any further down this path I should probably explain my thoughts on the root reasons of being politically correct. We should not agree to something simply because culture says we ought to. That is simply stupid. If you say something is wrong because our culture tells you it is wrong then you are more brainwashed then any Bible believing Christian. Sorry, but it’s true. However, there are some things that are politically incorrect that more importantly are things Scripture says we should speak up against. Racism is one.
There are others too. Our behavior towards mentally challenged individuals is something that is considered in the ling of being politically correct. I will admit I am pretty bias on this one. I am married to a woman who majored in special education, and I also have family that measure in some range of the autistic scale. Because of all of this I have no problem speaking up when someone uses the word “retarded”.
It is not the word itself that bothers me, but the use of the word that causes issues. When someone wants to explain that something is dumb or stupid and uses the word retarded then I am going to take offense to that. I would be pretty inhuman not to. Same goes for using the word gay to call something stupid. I may not agree with the gay lifestyle, but I most certainly do not think they are stupid. That’s just common sense.
However, we wave the banner of Christians should not care about being politically correct. I have actually had self-proclaimed Christians tell me it is ok to use the word “retarded” to call something stupid because we should not be politically correct anyway. It goes beyond political correctness folks. Christianity is not an excuse to be a jerk to the world.
PI Person: something something so retarded/gay something something.
Me: Hey, that is actually pretty offensive when you stop to think about it (Goes on to explain reasoning for retarded being offensive.
PI person: How dare you tell me how to talk. cookie cookie cookie cookie. You can’t tell me what is right or wrong to say. Cookie cookie cookie cookie. Jesus did not care about being politically correct and offended people all the time.
Me: I hope you realize how idiotic and juvenile you are being.
PI person: How dare you say something that personally offends me! COOKIE COOKIE COOKIE COOKIE COOKIE COOKIE.
Me: I’m sorry. I thought I was supposed to be politically incorrect as a Christian.
I have had this kind of conversation with multiple people under multiple circumstances. It’s being a jerk plain and simple. Why do we use Jesus as an excuse to be jerks. Why must we blame our culture for being too sensitive and thus be obscene to make a point? The fact is that we do not care about being offensive until someone offends us. What if you had a family member with cancer and I made in inappropriate joke over someone dying from cancer? Offended? Then what makes these other issue any different?
I’m tired of being politically correct/incorrect. If it is Christian then just suck it up and live like it. Being politically correct does not always match up with Christianity, but sometimes being politically incorrect is just as wrong for Christians. Learn how to stay on the horse.