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Snares of the Modern Church – Part XV: Political Correctness

by | Nov 28, 2023

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It’s been a few weeks since I published an article in this series, Snares of the Modern Church. But I wanted to touch on something today that even the best of us are affected by. It’s easy to get caught up in the language and reconstructionism of the day, especially in the labyrinthine corridors of modern society, where the shifting sands of social opinion have reshaped the landscape. This particular phenomenon, political correctness, has even stealthily infiltrated the Church. It’s a snare, as subtle as it is dangerous, and it’s reshaping how Christians speak, think, and engage with the world. No longer content with the clear, unvarnished language of Scripture, many in the Church have begun parroting the world’s terminology, unwittingly endorsing concepts and perspectives that are at odds with biblical truth.

Take, for example, the adoption of terms like “LGBTQ community.” At first glance, this might seem like a benign acknowledgment of a specific people group—it may even seem respectful. But when you peel back the veneer of political correctness from this label, it reveals the rotting corpse of social degeneration underneath it.

Firstommunities are traditionally formed around shared values and virtues, not around a celebration or acceptance of particular sins. The moment we, as Christians, start referring to any group of people defined primarily by their sin as a “community,” we subtly endorse the idea that such sins are intrinsic, unchangeable identity markers, as natural and commendable as any other human characteristic. This runs counter to the scriptural truth that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23) and that in Christ, we are a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17).

Then there’s the creeping acceptance of “preferred pronouns,” a seemingly polite concession—some have referred to it as “pronoun hospitality”—to individual preference. But at its core, this practice is a capitulation to the idea that gender is fluid and self-defined, contradicting the biblical truth that God created man and woman with distinct and purposeful design (Genesis 1:27). By adopting this language, the Church is inadvertently endorsing a view of humanity that undermines God’s creative order and sovereignty.

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The term “racist,” too, has been co-opted and redefined. Originally referring to prejudice based on race, it’s now often used to denote nebulous systems of perceived injustice. This redefinition dilutes the true heinousness of actual racism and redirects the conversation away from the heart, where genuine prejudice lies, to abstract structures. As Christians, our battle is not against flesh and blood, or societal systems, for that matter, but against the spiritual forces of evil (Ephesians 6:12). We are called to renew our minds (Romans 12:2), not conform them to the world’s redefinitions.

The adoption of terms like “racial justice” or “gender justice” reflects a similar drift from biblical principles. While the pursuit of true justice is undoubtedly Christian (Micah 6:8), these contemporary terms with adjectives in front of them carry with them connotations and agendas that are far removed from the biblical concept of justice. Biblical justice is grounded in the character and law of God, not in the whims of cultural opinion or political ideology.

But it’s not just in the words we use, but also in the way we perceive and act on ideas and ideologies. In the realm of modern culture, for example, Martin Luther King Jr. Day has attained an almost sacred status, with King himself often exalted to near Christ-like levels of reverence. This trend has especially seeped into the “Woke Church,” where any critical examination of King’s moral conduct or theological views is tantamount to heresy. While King’s contributions to civil rights are indeed significant, it’s just as important, if not more, to recognize his moral failings and his aberrant theological views, which notably diverged from core Christian doctrines.

Yet, there’s a hesitancy in many Christian circles to acknowledge these aspects, perhaps for fear of deviating from a politically correct narrative. But also because of a naive mindset that has been given over to uncritical thinking and acceptance of this narrative. This reluctance not only obscures the full truth about King’s legacy but also reflects a broader trend of compromising historical and theological accuracy for the sake of cultural acceptability.

This snare of political correctness in the Church is not a matter of semantics, it’s a matter of fidelity to the Gospel. When we begin to speak the language of the world, we start to think the world’s thoughts and see through the world’s lenses. This is not a call to insensitivity or unkindness, rather, it is a call to anchor our language and our thoughts in the unchanging truth of Scripture.

As the Church, our speech should be seasoned with salt (Colossians 4:6), not soaked in the fickle fashions of the age. Our words should reflect the objective truth of Scripture, convey love and grace, and point to the transformative power of the Gospel. In a world where truth is increasingly being sacrificed on the altar of political correctness, the Church must stand as a beacon of truth, not swayed by the ever-changing impulses of the pagan nation, but anchored firmly in the eternal Word of God.

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