Day 15: Politically Correct

Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.   Ephesians 4:29

Some people insist that “political correctness” is ruining us. In general, I don’t agree, but because the concept of political correctness is so vague, I should offer some clarification. If people think political correctness is the tendency to avoid dropping truth bombs on people who need them, then I guess I agree that we are too PC. For example, it’s probably un-PC to blurt out to a bunch of fast food CEOs that their food is killing people and their wages are pitiful.

But I don’t think that’s what the PC opponents mean.

No, it seems the proudly “politically incorrect” long for the good old days when you could insult Asians, pat the secretary on her rear end, and complain about “the blacks” during an elevator ride. I suppose for some people, remembering that all humans deserve respect is an exhausting chore, and they’d just rather not bother. And if that’s the true rationale of political incorrectness, then I say hooray for the PC. Being reminded that Native Americans are more than a football mascot should not be something that mature adults fight about.

Perhaps people yearn for some misplaced nostalgia when they claim to be proudly un-PC. They want that old world back, when derogatory or sexist nicknames were common. But wishing for a return to insensitive speech is an immature and rather pathetic goal for the Christian, to be perfectly blunt. Jesus called on his followers to be harmless as doves. If he had wanted us to be ego-driven, offensive blowhards, he certainly would have mentioned that (perhaps as an addendum to the Great Commission). But of course, those verses don’t exist.

Today, say something kind to someone. Ask them about their day. Annoyed by a minority? Remember they probably get annoyed by the majority, too. Respect others with the respect that you would want to receive. In other words, act like Jesus.

Prayer: God, help us speak truth but also speak love. Help us not to seek to offend, but to inspire, with our words. 

Further Reading: Ephesians 4:29-5:10

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