The Truth About Political Correctness


Recent controversies over transgender bathrooms and whether or not people should be expected to behave in accord with the gender of their birth are reminders of the pivotal questions of our times:

  • Does truth exist?
  • How does it apply to all people?
  • Are there universal moral truths applicable to every one?

America’s Founders Recognized the God-given Laws of Nature

America’s Founders certainly accepted the realities of truth and personal accountability before its author—God. They often referred to “the laws of nature and nature’s God.” That a biblically informed moral and spiritual DNA permeated our nation from the beginning are uncomfortable facts for political, academic, and social progressives today.

In even the most casual reading of America’s history, one cannot help but see how strongly the founders emphasized “God,”“Providence,” “self evident truth,” “morality,” “that Divine Lawgiver,” et al—all terms reflecting the religious convictions which so deeply influenced the government they were creating.

“Respect for Diversity” = Truth Does Not Exist

But today equilibrium-loving politicians and educators base their objection to the God of our Founders on “respect for diversity.” But what is at stake is more than just the question of whether or not truth exists. National stability and our future truly hang in the balance. But few are willing to stand against the cardinal rule of our new America, which is that there are no rules. The only unpardonable sin—a sort of blasphemy against the spirit of our times—is to assert that objective, binding truth and morals do exist.

Politically correct leaders in the classrooms, courtrooms, boardrooms, and newsrooms constantly monitor the pH of the cultural waters, lest any absolutist ideas dilute the mix. And yet the modern denial of absolutes is inherently flawed. Think about the times you have heard someone say with a sense of superiority, “No one person has all the answers,” “We all have our own truth…”

If you sensed a red flag rising in the back of your mind, it is because God imparted to you the ability to recognize contradiction. Ask yourself, “Is it logical to believe that life’s ultimate answer is that no one has an ultimate answer?” If we indeed “all have our own truth,” shouldn’t the peddlers of PC equally accept those of us who don’t believe we can all “make up our own truth?”

Being on the Offensive

A representative from a major American university was recently asked to elaborate on her campus’ policy on tolerance and diversity. She responded that if a certain ideology was offensive to even one person, that viewpoint or attitude should not be allowed on campus. She failed to see that her cherished political correctness could not even pass its own test, for many students found it to be offensive.

How are these things at all relevant to Christians today? Leaders dragging this nation into the abyss of truth-denial (and rejection of Christ, who is the foundation of truth; John 14:6) need to be reminded that once you define what is or is not “acceptable” diversity, you have ceased to be diverse. If you are selective in your toleration, then you are not tolerant. And how rational is it to accuse Christianity of being selective or intolerant, when the “state religion” of diversity is the same? Such political correctness is an incorrect view of reality, because (for starters) it fails to meet the standard it imposes on the rest of the world.

Alex McFarland

Alex has preached in over 2,200 churches throughout North America and numerous more internationally. He also speaks at Christian events, conferences, debates, and other venues to teach biblical truths and preach the gospel.

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