I find peace in God, but I find no rest at the University. All we do in a spirit of political correctness is to deny the presence of sin and white wash any legitimate dispute over the way we’re living. Like sickeningly sweet rat poison, our insides church with unresolved spiritual issues yet we heap our sin onto others as we denigrate their choices, social class, professional habits, and resistance to gain their identity through publications. Terrible for the mind, terrible for the body. Our words will shift yet again when it is fashionable, but for now, we use this patronizing and empty tactic to deny our sin. When others don’t walk the cakewalk, they are liable for stoning.
Yet more often than not, the people who attack political correctness attack it out of fear. Without any legitimate opinion about the openness and mandatory acceptance of other people that political correctness represents, we become afraid. We hide behind shallow slogans and political sound bytes because we don’t want to deal with what assimilation to a new norm would actually mean, or whether we really have faith strong enough to deal with it. For those of us whose faith has been in who we don’t accept or what we don’t believe in instead of the mercy and wholeness of Christ, this is a hard transition. Having to confront legitimate racism, sexism, or homophobia that’s crept into your heart (especially in the name of Jesus) in mid-life has got to suck. Yet instead of seeking God, we go with the easy choice and shame ourselves through politics.
At what point do we recognize that we are all sinners? At what point is it easier to humble ourselves before God? May our wisdom be revealed as lies the longer we stay apart from him. May we be naked before God when we use his name in vain, and we make him a tool of politics. May we know that the reason that we don’t get what we want is because we’ve used his name as a buzzword instead of in truth. May we have to actually realize that God is powerful, very real, and constantly influencing our world in utmost power. May we actually come away from this election year with a little more recognition of God, for those actually willing to receive it.
Better to have no political affiliation than to bicker over the grounds to justify your sin. Like children in Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory, we all live in and through sin, yet we belittle one another for the way it presents uniquely in every person’s life. Is no one really the wiser? Has everyone really fallen for the act? In an election year that feels like a punchline or long dragged out nightmare, is no one actually content with God? May the Lord shame us in our fabricated homemade wisdom. May we actually have to seek his face in this.