Is Political Correctness Killing the Church?

The short answer to this question is, “no”. Political correctness is not killing the church, the church’s loss of awareness to her surroundings is her gravest adversary.

A lot of people think that “PC” culture is doing more harm than good for the Body. When we blur the lines of gender, race, and disability status, we have less of an “us vs. them” mentality. How can we know the enemy if we cannot distinguish it from our safe spaces?

Many religious people have condemned the “safe-space” mentality while ignoring the fact that the church has created a safe space itself. A safe space is a designated area where others cannot harass, harm, or attempt to damage your worldview. However, the church has designated herself as that space for Christians that are too insecure to question their own way of thinking. We hate having our opinions and deeply-held beliefs challenged. The church understands this, yet condemns the safe spaces in the world for the “weak”.

While many in the church are at war with PC culture, others, like myself, have chosen to see this as an advantage for the Kingdom. How would we know what the Gender Identity Crisis was if it weren’t for those who have created safe spaces for those who are suffering with that specific issue? How would we know of the wage gap between women and men if it weren’t for feminism? How would the church be knowledgeable of those who are hurt and feel marginalized if it were not for special interest groups? All of this fits into PC culture, and the church cannot keep her ears plugged any longer. We know too much comfort in North America, and we do not wish to reach out to those whom we feel is the “other”. It is not until we recognize that we ourselves are the “other” that we can start to heal our communities. We have no self-identity outside of Christ, therefore we by definition have no “selves”. Those who wish to keep a sense of self is not worthy of the Cross of Christ.

“For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.” – Matthew 16:25

It is not until the church becomes a safe space for those under great distress will we ourselves gain rest with our Savior.

“Come to Me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” – Matthew 11:28

It is not until we become all for all will we gain He who conformed us to His image.

“For though I am free from all, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win more of them. To the Jews I became as a Jew, in order to win Jews. To those under the law I became as one under the law (though not being myself under the law) that I might win those under the law. To those outside the law I became as one outside the law (not being outside the law of God but under the law of Christ) that I might win those outside the law. To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some. I do it all for the sake of the Gospel, that I may share with them in its blessings.” – 1 Corinthians 9:19-23

Who have you become for the sake of the Gospel? Have you suffered with those who suffer? Have you become marginalized for the marginalized? If not, seek God. Seek His Kingdom, and all of these will be added to you (Luke 12:31).

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