What, exactly, is “political correctness?” Actually, it is nothing more than an ancient sin which Isaiah, in Isaiah 5:20, warned God’s people to avoid when he said, Woe to them who call evil good and good evil. Our nation has “specialized” in this today as we are encouraged not to call things as they are named in the New Testament, but rather to call them something else lest we insult or hurt the feelings of those engaged in the sin.
Paul recognized the danger of “political correctness.” He warned against those who change the truth of God into a lie. (Romans 1:25) Giving a list of sins that are prevalent today (Romans 1:21-32; I Corinthians 6:9-10; Galatians 5:19), Paul warns us that, not only are those practicing such things guilty, but so are we if we approve of the sin and the sinner. (Romans 1:32)
In effect, it matters not at all how many approve of any sin, either by committing the sin, by approving of those who commit the sin, or by falling into the habit of using “kinder” words to avoid hurting the feelings of the sinner. Jesus warns us, in both Matthew 7:13-14 and Luke 13:24, that those who are missing the narrow way which leads to Heaven will be a far greater number than those who find the narrow way and enter Heaven. Did Paul not remind us, in Romans 3:4, Let it not be true! But let God be true and every man a liar. In Mark 13:31, and in Luke 21:33, Jesus, Himself, is quoted as saying, Heaven and Earth shall pass away, but My Word shall never pass away.
Think about it this way: If you claim to be a Christian, yet you deny what the New Testament teaches is still the truth, you fall into condemnation, for you are denying that what Jesus taught is still the truth even though He said His Word would never pass away. In that case, you are denying Jesus, and He is quoted, in Matthew 10:33 and Luke 12:9, as saying that those who deny Him before men, He will deny before the Father in Heaven.
If God has said it is evil and every person on Earth says is it good, it is still evil. So, what are some of the things we are being told to be “politically correct” about today? There is no shortage: It used to be shameful to have a child out of wedlock; now, more babies are born to single women than to married women. Divorce was once a shameful thing; now, being married several times is the norm. Abortion was a “backstreet” thing; now, it is common, and even celebrated. Homosexuality was a shameful thing; now, it is good and taught to our kids. Sex outside marriage was shameful; now, it is common and even occurs in the primary grades. Young women used to dress modestly; now, the more flesh showing, the better.
As a nation, we no longer know what the New Testament teaches, and, therefore, we no longer follow those teachings. It is no wonder that Christians are accused of “hate crimes.” People who are involved in immoral activities do not want to be told they are wrong and that their actions are sinful. To cover the fact that they are sinning, they seek to discredit the source of all good: They seek to discredit God and His Word. Their evil and their desire to be justified causes them to attack that which condemns them. By going along with “political correctness,” Christians are helping to destroy the very principles they claim to espouse.
While we love all sinners, we must not love or approve of the sin, itself. As Christians, we must be very careful not to follow a multitude to do evil. (Exodus 23:2)