By Tyler Lehmann
Get a load of that headline.
Those words come from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association in an article on its website. Written by president and CEO Franklin Graham, the article berates political correctness as “one of the most sinister and menacing threats to our society today.”
Graham’s unbridled tongue insists our nation’s leaders are “infected” with political correctness and “now stand for absolutely nothing.” He assails PC as the “insidious” sentiment of “offending no one (except Christians).”
I hope I’m not the only one who finds this attitude alarming.
I hate to burst Graham’s bubble, but I am politically correct and in fact do not hate the Name of Jesus. For me, political correctness isn’t a denial of my faith. It’s actually quite the opposite.
Take a look at this more accurate definition of political correctness from Princeton University’s WordNet language database: “avoidance of expressions or actions that can be perceived to exclude or marginalize or insult people who are socially disadvantaged or discriminated against.”
PC is all about putting others first. Confused why this makes Graham all hot and bothered? Yeah, I am, too.
My efforts to be politically correct stem from the love I know God has for all people. By speaking of others and acting toward them in ways that respect and include them, I am seeking to honor them as God’s creation.
Note that I’m not advocating we abandon our beliefs, as Graham seems to think political correctness entails. God does call us to be witnesses to our neighbors, after all, but this doesn’t mean we can just thoughtlessly dismiss others’ sincerely held beliefs.
At the end of the day, PC boils down to this: be considerate of others. Is this really too much to ask, Mr. Graham?
I am a Christian, and I am politically correct. Share your thoughts on PC in the comments below.