I have no interest in being politically correct. I’ve never really been interested. I think it’s silly and dishonest. What’s wrong with simply saying what I mean, anyway? I’m tired of mainstream society’s manipulative, man-pleasing insistence that people re-phrase in order to avoid potential offenses. Often times, in doing so, intention and meaning is lost in the process. I choose to continue to say what I mean and mean what I say. If somebody doesn’t like it, that’s okay. I can live with it. Offense is inevitable, because it’s impossible to please everybody. There are worse things than offending someone, and there are worse things than having hurt feelings. Sometimes a little bit of offense can be good for a person. Sometimes that uncomfortable “I don’t like it!” feeling brings one to introspection, leads one to take personal inventory, “Why am I offended?” “Why does this bother me?” and that can be a good thing.
Please do not misunderstand me. I am not condoning walking around acting like a big, abrasive jackass (Does that word offend?) totally trampling everything and everyone in your path. Treating people with kindness, respect, and consideration is very important. I just don’t believe that’s the actual goal behind the push toward political correctness. Under the guise of anti-discrimination and social consideration, the insistence upon politically correct speech is really about limiting free thought and silencing anyone whose opinions do not conform to the objectives of “the powers that be.” It is reminiscent of Orwellian Newspeak. For now, I will say no more about it, because if I travel further down this tangent I might not return to the topic at hand.
You may be wondering, in lieu of adopting politically correct speech, what am I encouraging you to do? What am I promoting here? I have a simple answer: I am advocating speaking the truth in love, fearlessly and unapologetically. Be loving while being honest. Easy peasy, right? When you really love someone, you are more concerned about them and their well-being than about yourself. You are more concerned about their condition than about self-preservation from any potential backlash. You are more concerned about what is good for them than about “saving face” or protecting your reputation. Do not allow the fear of offending someone to hold you back from speaking truth and from standing up for what you believe.
I know that my beliefs and my lifestyle are sometimes offensive to those with differing beliefs. I rarely see in “shades of grey.” Most of the time, especially concerning moral issues, I see in “black and white.” I believe in “absolutes” and in “right and wrong.” Some may find that offensive. That’s fine with me. I have no desire to conform to what mainstream society believes about morality, because I believe that mainstream society is blatantly becoming increasingly immoral. If this offends somebody, I’m okay with it. I believe that the Bible is the inspired word of God, and I choose to live according to the standards set forth in it. The Bible also happens to be very “black and white.” You can spend a lot of time searching for “grey” in it, but you won’t find much, if any at all. The Bible speaks very clearly about sin, naming specific things; and I believe everything that is written within its pages. Is this offensive? If you’re a Christian, it shouldn’t be.
If you are a Christian, it should not offend you to know that I believe in sexual purity, that sex outside of marriage is sin, and therefore living with your boyfriend/girlfriend is also sin. It also should not offend you to know that when I use the word “marriage” I am speaking exclusively about the lifelong commitment made between a man and a woman. As a Christian, you should not be surprised or offended that I believe homosexuality is sin, pornography is sin, abortion is sin, or that (apart from situations with abuse or adultery) divorce is sin. Yes, I know, the Bible mentions many other, less obvious sins, like pride and greed. I purposely picked on sexual issues, because our culture has become sexually permissive; and many who call themselves Christians have chosen to adhere to the morals (or lack thereof) set forth by culture rather than adhering to what God has set forth in His word. I personally find this offensive and believe that God finds it offensive too. The good news is that no matter how you’ve sinned, forgiveness (for what you’ve done) and grace (empowerment for holy living) are available if you repent (turn away from sin, stop doing it) and allow God to guide you in your future decisions.
I want to be like Jesus. He is the perfect example of someone who walked in truth and in love. Jesus loved people, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that He pleased them. In fact, when I read about his interactions with others, it becomes apparent that Jesus was unconcerned with man-pleasing. He was passionate about the things of God. He uncompromisingly stood for truth and in the process offended many people, including His disciples. When confronted by the offenses of others, Jesus was fearless and unapologetic. He was more concerned with God’s desires than with the opinions of man. Jesus was compassionate, but He never condoned sin. Does that make him unloving? No. Quite the opposite, actually. In everything He did, Jesus was compelled by love.
I want to live that way.
I want to love that way.