Political Correctness

Political Correctness (PC) means avoiding language and actions that insult, exclude or harm people. It is a mutual respect for the views and beliefs of others and seeks to minimize offense. While freedom of speech gives a person the right to say what they feel, it also gives other people the right to point out if they are being offensive. Freedom of speech doesn’t mean your words can’t be criticised; it just means you can’t be silenced. Many believers throughout history have been persecuted by their societies because the expression of their beliefs did not line up with the status quo. When Christians are despised due to their beliefs, it certainly does not demonstrate freedom of speech. There are things we believe, ideas clearly taught in the Scriptures that are now considered ‘hate speech’ in our world of political correctness.

Although we are not to intentionally give offence, we are not to compromise but “Speak the truth in love” (1 Cor 10:32; 2 Cor 6:3; Eph 4:15,25). We are to honour God and not fear man, speaking out the truth of His word and this includes telling the unsaved that without Christ they will be headed to a lost

The truth remains the truth

eternity (Prov 29:25; Jn 6:36; Act 4:20, 5:29; Heb 13:6). God's Word demands a response; either a rejection and refusal to obey or acceptance and obedience. There are consequences to both responses.

God wants us to obey Him and to speak out the truth of His Word with boldness (Eph 6:20). This may cause people to hate us, imprison us or even kill us, yet we are not to back down. God never promises that we will always be free to speak without consequences.

See also: compromise, consequences, discrimination, hate speech, offence.