How important is it to be “Politically Correct”?
The “Politically Correct” movement has gained much momentum over recent years and now dominates the thinking on many college campuses and in many public-service arenas. “Political Correctness” censors any speech, and attempts to censor any attitude, which does not align itself with the prevalent philosophy held by those in power.
However, as despicable as it is, the “Politically Correct” movement is nothing new. Ecclesiastes 1:9 states:
“The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done; and there is no new thing under the sun.”
“Political Correctness” was a stifling force on anti-slavery discussions in the mid 1800s. One of those who stood firmly against the compliant trend was William Jay, son of John Jay (a Founding Father and first Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court), both of whom were anti-slavery leaders. In 1849, William Jay authored a book which addressed the slavery issue. In his introduction he explained why he would not acquiesce to the pro-slavery position, despite its popularity and prevalence at the time. His words provide excellent advice for us today:
“The writer [William Jay] is a believer in the Divine authority of the Scriptures, he acknowledges no standard of right and wrong but the Will of God, and denies the expediency of any act which is forbidden by laws dictated by Infinite Wisdom and Goodness. This avowal will prepare the reader to find in the following pages many opinions not having the stamp of public approbation. Patriotism, honor, glory, and national prosperity, are terms to which the Christian and the mere politician attach different ideas, and estimate by different standards. He who admits the authority of the Bible will not readily acknowledge that whatever is ‘highly esteemed among men’ must be right, nor that which is unpopular is, of course, wrong.”
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