What happens when a society defines its own “righteousness”?
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With each passing year, society changes its values—and many previously accepted terms are relegated to being labeled socially unacceptable. The wrong term, the unintended misuse of a phrase, could mean a person’s reputation is trashed, a promising career ruined.
In their rush to right society’s wrongs, “enlightened” minds stumble around in darkness searching for answers. Their solution: political correctness. The result: the systematic destruction of traditional values, replacing these with something entirely different.
Yesteryear’s “shacking up” is today’s “happily living together.” A criminal is now deemed “behaviorally challenged.” Someone who is obese is said to be a person with an “enlarged physical condition caused by a completely natural, genetically induced hormone imbalance.” The “war on terror” has become the “global contingency plan.” A “disabled” person is now “differently abled” or “physically challenged.” The list could go on.
To be politically correct is to avoid expressions or actions that can be perceived to exclude or insult the socially disadvantaged or those who may be discriminated against. It includes off-color remarks about race, ethnicity, social class, mental capacity, etc. On the surface, this concept appears to be noble. Who can argue against avoiding criticizing others or poking fun at those less privileged?
Yet political correctness paves the path for a society’s eventual collapse.
While political correctness (or PC) might seek to promote equality and tolerance, it invariably leads to inequality and intolerance. Many who subscribe to this way of thinking seek to advance a particular ideology, and the best avenue to accomplish their mission is to lampoon and venomously attack those who do not agree until they relent. Oftentimes, money and power are at the root of their agenda, not equality, justice—or righteousness.
Here are but a few examples of PC thinking in action:
• Environment: The worldwide consensus is that global warming (or “global climate change”) is a matter of fact, and man is the cause—case closed. Non-scientists who disagree are ridiculed as naïve and unlearned, caught in a past mode of thinking. The scientific community ostracizes colleagues who fail to embrace global warming, practically labeling them heretics.
A worldwide movement has been mobilized to combat global warming. Legislators deal with this supposed menace of epic proportions by enacting laws—carrying with them huge economic implications that will affect every level of society. All this despite many reputable scientists coming forward asserting that manmade global warming may be pure fiction.
Those who oppose the efforts of “acceptable thinking” face the wrath of political correctness.
• Race: Several months ago, when citizens of the United States peacefully assembled to hold “Tea Parties” to protest Washington politicians and their mismanagement of the economy, some Hollywood celebrities of the liberal elite charged racism. News outlets that condoned the protestors’ actions were labeled similarly. The cause for the racism charge? The demonstrators were supposedly “upset because America elected a black president.”
Most news organizations speak nothing but praise for President Barack Obama, unlike past occupants of the Oval Office. But those that criticize his political decisions are often cast as “racist.”
Yet recall when past presidents were in office: The mainstream media aired nonstop attacks from opposing parties and blasted each administration’s every move. Previously, it was politically correct to hurl insults at—and sneeringly belittle—men who held the highest office in the land, and the most powerful in the world.
A desire to protect America’s southern border brings an automatic accusation of racism. Although bigoted fringe thinking may exist among a few, is it really fair to make such charges against those who desire nothing more than to prevent a future 9/11 attack—and save thousands of lives?
People who immigrate to and work in the United States illegally were once called “illegal immigrants,” an apt description, since they immigrated into the country illegally—as opposed to a legal immigrant. Yet journalists must now use the term “undocumented workers”—else they face the wrath of the politically correct establishment and possible claims of racism.
• Health: Television commercials promote the “need” for parents to fulfill their parental duty and vaccinate little girls before cervical cancer threatens their lives and well-being. Naturally, viewers wonder, “What is cervical cancer? Why do most people get it?” These questions, of course, largely go unanswered.
The reason? While several factors can contribute to cervical cancer, multiple sex partners increase the risk of HPV, a sexually transmitted disease that can lead to the deadly illness. Yet how many commercials, talk show hosts or prominent medical professionals warn teenage girls to abstain from sex in the first place? How many promote refraining from extramarital relations? To do so would bring PC scrutiny.
Rather than condemning sexual escapades, many embrace the idea—or simply shrug it off with, “Who are we to judge?” or “Kids will be kids.”
• Science: The vast majority in today’s culture vehemently maintain that evolution is scientific fact. To disagree is to reject science and “common sense.”
Yet even a cursory investigation reveals that evolution is not a proven scientific fact—it is nothing more than a theory that appeals to intellectual vanity.
After all, evolution equals no creation—and no creation means no Creator—which means no obligation to live according to His rules. No need to obey anyone other than the self! Everyone has free reign to live as he sees fit. In other words, ethical, moral and spiritual anarchy! Every man decides for himself right from wrong, good from evil.
This is a scary proposition, considering that “the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walks to direct his steps” (Jer. 10:23).
With considerable evidence supporting the falsehood of the theory, dissension exists within the scientific community as to the truth of evolution.
Yet those who reject evolution can anticipate an angry response from those of the PC mindset.
Political correctness—and the fury that results from violating it—is yet another sign of a society that has lost its way. Hundreds of years of religious persecution (its own form of “political correctness” to the deadly extreme, e.g., the Inquisition) helped lay the course for secular society to leave the “old paths” (Jer. 6:16) of tradition for “something new.” Mankind repeatedly rejects the principle of “there is no new thing under the sun” (Ecc. 1:9). By refusing to learn the lesson of just this one verse, a cycle of suffering needlessly continues.
The mantra of political correctness is man’s attempt to define the rules of society’s conduct and thinking. It is the creation attempting to “know better” than its Creator. In effect, this way of thinking is a form of SELF-righteousness—human beings deciding for themselves right and wrong, rather than accepting the perfect guidance of a loving God.
As a result of humanity’s ingrained tendency to reject the “old paths,” and each generation’s changing values (to prove how “enlightened” they have become), men call “evil good, and good evil,” and put “darkness for light, and light for darkness” (Isa. 5:20).
Of such people, God states, “Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!” (vs. 21).
True righteousness is keeping the Commandments of God (Psa. 119:172), which traditional Christianity says are “done away”—a burden. “All you need is the love of God in your heart,” religionists claim.
But God’s Word says, “For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments: and His commandments are not grievous” (I John 5:3), and “the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good” (Rom. 7:12). True love—expressing selfless, outgoing concern for others—is to obey God, to keep His Commandments (Rom. 13:8, 10).
Political correctness fails to take into account God’s point of view on any matter—the only view that counts!
Only true righteousness will exalt a nation (Prov. 14:34)—not political correctness. And only the Creator and Lawgiver can define righteousness. Anything that violates His laws and principles, no matter one’s personal intentions, sincerity or well-meaning, is sin: “Whosoever commits sin transgresses also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law” (I John 3:4). Righteousness in God’s sight defines the ultimate correctness.
The prophet Isaiah sheds light on the state of mankind today: “The way of peace they know not; and there is no judgment in their goings: they have made them crooked paths: whosoever goes therein shall not know peace. Therefore is judgment far from us, neither does justice overtake us: we wait for light, but behold obscurity; for brightness, but we walk in darkness. We grope for the wall like the blind, and we grope as if we had no eyes: we stumble at noonday as in the night” (Isa. 59:8-10).
Political correctness is humanity’s attempt to right past wrongs, to bring equality to unjust circumstances—yet the result is more injustice, more wrongs—and more wrath. This is because man, on his own accord, is incapable of lasting solutions.
The sad record of history shows that humanity will only learn this the hard way.
This need not be you!