Tuesday, March 22, 2016

“What Is The Difference Between Being Politically Correct And Being Biblically Correct?”


Since there are two opposing thoughts, we will have to first define and exemplify each thought, so that we draw out their contrasts before we make a conclusion. It would be entertaining to start with this anecdote. There is a modern day cinematographic melodrama enacted yesteryear when the King of Judah: Jehoshaphat wanted to reclaim RamothGilead. He sought the King of Israel to call his prophets and seek their inquiry. The latter invited more than 400 prophets to come and prophesy. All the prophets were required to be politically correct by encouraging the king with the invasion and to assure him that victory was already in his pockets with the speed of the blitzkrieg. That was exactly what they each did!
Jehoshaphat has not been used to political correctness, so he asked Zedekiah if there was no other prophet in town. The King of Israel said that there was Micaiah, but he never spoke well of him.  They went for Micaiah, anyway. The messenger who went for him had to give him a briefing on how to toe the line like every other person. He told him to say the same thing as every other person has said.  In a politically correct society, it is anathema to have a contrary view from those who have power or who wield it thereof.
When Micaiah came, he wanted to be politically correct, but the king in his pride insisted for Micaiah to be himself and speak the truth. What buffoonery! That means that being politically correct is living a lie or telling lies. At that moment, Micaiah deviated from political correctness to biblical correctness by telling the king that he was going to lose the war if he attacked them, and all hell broke loose.
The rest of the political correct people ganged up on Micaiah, and the king ordered that he should be locked up. He paid with his liberty for speaking differently and speaking the truth as is! Those who advocate political correctness have less patience with those who do not think and speak like them. You can reread the story from I kings 22: 1-55. This foreshadowed the archetype of what we would be having in the 21st century.
To be politically correct is to be aligned in speech and actions to the philosophies of certain minority groups on sexual orientation, race, religion, gender and politics. It requires the individual to stifle his or her opinion, if it would offend the hearer. Permit me to demonstrate it in two examples I once lived.
One time we were standing on the hallway of a High school when a teacher came and met the 5 of us chitchatting. She showed us her blue dress and told us how she bought it from the mall the previous day. All the women congratulated her and asked her to turn her back. She made a little catwalk to their applauses. Then she left. Immediately after she left, one of the teachers said, “That dress is ugly!” Another one asked, “Who wears a dress like that?” I asked them why they did not tell her that in her face. They told me that, “In America, you do not say such a thing to people because it is very rude.” It corresponded with the definition of Political correctness from the Urban Dictionary as, “A way that we speak in America so we don't offend whining pussies.”
Another time a guy told us that he was coming out of the closet, and a Brazilian colleague asked him, “Who put you there, and are you a shirt that was placed in the closet?” He said that he just wanted to let us know that he was gay. The Brazilian retorted that, “It is devilish.” The gay man said that he was hurt. The other people began to call the Brazilian bully and one of them said, “In America, if you do not like what someone is saying or doing, you should keep quiet, rather than bully them.” I was about to intervene when the bell for the conference ended, and we all had to go to our different rooms.
               In other words, never ever say anything that would offend another person. Politically correctness does not give room for diversity. It has the semblance of relativism, but it is not. It assumes the role of absolute.  It simply means, smile with someone so they don’t know what you are thinking, but stab them on the back later. Political correctness would be exemplified in these words of Lady Macbeth:

Your face, my thane, is as a book where men
May read strange matters. To beguile the time,
Look like the time. Bear welcome in your eye,
Your hand, your tongue. Look like th' innocent flower,
But be the serpent under’t. (Macbeth Act 1 Sc. 5, 54-58).

One day while sitting in a staff room, a little girl knocked at the door, and I opened. She told me that she wanted to see Mrs. So and so. I let her in and the teacher told her to come the next day. I asked her why she kept sending the student to come back next time. She told me that the student wanted a recommendation letter, but she was not going to give it to her because she used to be a very bad student. Then I said to her, “you should just tell her that 'due to your behavior as a student, I am not going to recommend you.'"  She laughed and said to me, “In America, we do not do that. She will get tired and not come back.” The next time the girl came, I stepped out and asked her to come to my room. I explained to her what was happening, she sobbed and assured me that she had changed her behavior. I wrote one and asked two other collages to write one each, and they did. 
On the other hand, biblically correctness is to align one’s speech and thought according to the bible in spirit and in truth, no matter the sensibilities of the hearer. The bible adjures the Christians to “speak the truth to one another in love.”(Eph 4:15). This verse does not mean dilute the truth so that you do not hurt people's feelings; it simply means, due to the love you have for one another, tell them the truth! Political correctness encourages you to be two face, but the Bible dissuades us from that. Those people who worship God with their lips, but their hearts are far from God in their acts, do worship him in vain (Matthew 15:8; Jeremiah 29: 13). Jesus calls such people, hypocrites (Matthew 15:7). Therefore, politically correctness is hypocrisy.
The intention of being political correct was and is to include the minority, but the rejection of an opposing viewpoint or contrary opinion evokes the necessity of the Laws of Non Excluded Middle. If we are to accept every opinion, then we cannot reject the one we do not like to run parallel to ours. By rejecting the view of another person as not being politically correct, we are stifling their freedom of speech, simultaneously and surreptitiously endorsing ours.  When supporters of abortion get offended that Donald Trump rejects abortion, they are saying that they are right, and he is wrong; otherwise, they would not be offended.  Consequently, they fall headlong to the goads of the law of Excluded Middle because both viewpoints could not be correct. Both may exist, but both would not be all correct; else, they would not have a problem with the person who rejects it. These are just the rudiments of syllogism.
Three days ago, Kansa University cleared a professor for using the N word. 11 communications studies Masters Students from Kansas State University had penned an open letter against their professor for using the N-word in which they said, “Dr. Quenette’s deployment of racially violent rhetoric not only creates a non-inclusive environment…”[1] By declaring her speech non inclusive, they meant that the absence of the N word made their communication inclusive. That will be total hypocrisy since the same word is used more by black people who feel oppressed by the word than any other ethnic group.
When Jesus was born, “Simeon blessed them, and said unto Mary his mother, Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel; and for a sign which shall be spoken against…” (Luke 2:34.) From birth, Jesus was going to be a topic of contradiction. Which is normal, since people think differently.  Jesus himself said this, “Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.” (Matthew 10:34-35).  Therefore, Political correctness is ungodly because it is the wisdom of the world which is foolishness with God. (I Corinthians 3:19). It is a life style that does not find its base in the bible' whereas, biblical correctness goings with the prescriptions of the Bible and the mind of God.

Until then, I hope I have made the differences.

St Arrey of Ntenako.






[1] "KU Investigation Clears Professor Who Used N-word in Class."LJWorld.com. N.p., 18 Mar. 2016. Web. 22 Mar. 2016.

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