Saturday, June 30, 2012

Political Correctness

Oh how often I find myself in conversation with my daughter and she tries to soften the blow by lying. I am not sure if she is trying to deceive me or trying to deceive herself. The way she does this is not by completely disregarding the claims made against her. No, she instead will change her wording to make it sound less terrible. 

I have so many examples but a few are as follows.

  1. Stating she "borrowed" something, instead of stole it. 
  2. Stating that she was "joking" about something, instead of lying about it. 
  3. Stating that she didn't push the person "too hard" or claim things as accidents.
Why does she do this? 

I think there are two main reason that she does this. Firstly, she does it because she is afraid of the reaction and the punishment she will receive. Secondly, I think she does it because of her pride. She doesn't want to classify herself with her friends negative actions. 

What do I do in response?

I state things as they are. If she says she borrowed something, I point out the fact that she didn't have permission. Then I make her call it what it is. I ask her, "What do you call it, when someone takes something that doesn't belong to them without permission?" She tells me that it is called stealing. We proceed from there to discuss or discipline her for her actions. 

You may be asking yourself, "What's the point?" Well my friends, I have found that so often the things I struggle with are very similar to my daughter. 

In our society today, we try way to hard to be politically correct instead of God correct. Part of being politically correct is the way we change our wording to make things sound less terrible. I think that this is a tool that Satan uses to pour lies and make things seem more acceptable. 

What I am about to say is not to offend anyone. I do not believe that it is my job to judge you or others. I do not bash or hate anyone for what choice they have or choose to make. I also will not act like I think that the choices are not sins and are not wrong in God's sight. I can not expect non-believers to follow, listen to, or do what I say. To assist in what I am going to say I am going to place no opinion or personal experience. I am just going to state what the Bible says and the verses, you can take as you wish from it. 

These are words that our society changes to make seem less harsh. 

Affair:Adultery... Lust is adultery. Matthew 5:28 "But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart."

Fetus:Baby... I know that the scientific term is Fetus but that does not mean it is not a baby. 
An abortion is murder- Jeremiah 1:5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
    before you were born I set you apart; 
    I appointed you as a prophet to the nations. 

Hating a person is equal to murder. 1 John 3:15 "Anyone who hates a brother or sister is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life residing in him."

Little White Lie: Lie... A lie is a lie. If a person is a Christ one and to be like Christ they need to be truthful. John 14:6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." Exodus 20:16 "You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor."

There are so so many more examples of this. We choose certain words to not only hide from punishment but also to compare ourselves to others. Though it may seem difficult and scary, the best way to take the control away from the devil and from the sinful nature of our flesh, would be to be honest and call things as they are. I noticed that it does make a difference at the same time it can be very convicting. James 2:10 states, "For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it." Therefore, I was an adulterer, a murderer, a  liar, a rebellious child, a thief, I have made idols. Who am I to judge another? Romans 3:23 " for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." I know that I deserve death, but thankfully I have been given eternal grace through Jesus Christ. I am a new creation. 

How different would our society be if we stated things as they actually were?

1 comment:

  1. I can't even imagine a society that calls things as they are. I can vaguely remember growing up when the majority believed and advised that homosexuality was wrong, against the Bible. But look at us now. Anything goes. And sadly, this is the world our children are going to grow up in. We just have to do our jobs and teach them what the Bible says about these "hot" topics.


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