Political Correctness is Nothing New

March 07, 2022

 “Jesus said to the people who believed in him, ‘you are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings. And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.'” – John 8:31

Political correctness has become the dominant morality and ideology in America.

From college campuses to corporate boardrooms its influence is everywhere. What actually began with good intentions to protect and stand up for the marginalized and the discriminated has become oppressive and extreme – often causing more division in an already divided nation.

So, what are Christians to do? What does the Bible say about navigating this changing culture?

First of all – a culture of political correctness is nothing new. Jesus faced oppressive man-made rules and legalism from the Jewish religious leaders of His day. They also created, with good intentions to help people live godly lives, many overbearing man-made rules that only caused guilt, shame, and tremendous resentment among the people.

What is often referred to as the “PC police” today may look very different from the religious legalism of Jesus’ day –  but really, they are the same: a man-made morality, created with good intentions, but leads people to oppressive and resented legalism.

In a world desperately searching for truth, Jesus reminds us that these contrived rules on morality will never get it right.

JESUS is the only truth.

So what does this mean for the follower of Jesus? Jesus is telling us: I am the truth. Put your faith in Me. Follow My teachings in the written Word of God (the Bible) and claim My power, the Holy Spirit’s power, to navigate right from wrong (my paraphrase).

In other words, when we allow the Holy Spirit to guide us in living God’s way, we begin to change. We begin to look more and more like Christ: in character, in mission, and in spirit. We won’t need to look to a man-made ‘politically correct’ code of conduct to determine what is right and acceptable.

And as our lives and character begin to reflect Christ, through His written Word, we will experience real freedom that no ‘politically correct’ rules and regulations could ever offer.

Written by Bryant Wright, Founder, RFTH