Donald Trump is by no means a moral hero.  I would not even actually vote for him if I was American, (unless it was him or Hillary). He is definitely not the wisest, most gentle man to walk the earth (Political commentator Ben Shapiro describes him as a fat lion that eventually eats your face off once you poke him too many times).  As Christians though, I think we can learn a lot from Donald Trump in one area: He is not paralyzed by political correctness, and many Christians are.

Public discourse in this culture is becoming unbelievably difficult. The chances of being able to logically and honestly discuss an issue that is in any way contentious are slim at best. One of the primary reasons for this in my opinion, is the insistence on political correctness in this culture – an insistence driven many times by an absolute inability to reason or think critically.

It really doesn’t matter what the issue is. As soon as one person (typically a Christian, though not always) steps over the line of political correctness, the conversation is ended, usually due to a barrage of personal attacks directed at the politically incorrect offender (e.g. You are a racist/bigot/homophobe etc..)

This is a troubling development, as it has severely hindered our ability as followers of Christ to share our faith, for fear of being nailed with one of the labels listed above. No one wants to be called a racist, or a bigot, or a homophobe (not even sure I know anyone with an irrational fear of gay people, but anyways..) and so rather than take the risk of being called one of these things, Christians have adopted different – and often ineffective – ways of representing Christ to the culture.

The most common tactic often comes down to being “nice.” This basically means keeping your head down, trying as much as possible to look like everyone else (but maybe just not swearing or smoking), compromising on every doctrine that anyone finds offensive, and never saying anything that can be even remotely construed as politically incorrect. For some reason, we are surprised when our friends and co-workers are not plowing through the doors of our church and begging to become Christians so they can be just like us. Why would they when in actuality, the church is trying harder and harder to be like them?

The claims of the Christian worldview will be politically incorrect in every culture at some point. We need to move past the fear of people not agreeing with our point of view. Quite frankly, if the only response a person has to your point of view is to call you a name, there is a good chance they not only have no reasoned response to what you said, but are hoping the insult will stop you from pushing the conversation any further. By calling you a name, they feel the conversation should be over.

This problem actually exemplifies very clearly, a situation that has developed in our culture: people don’t know how to think critically. Most people have bought into the idea that truth is determined by one’s perceptions and emotions, and trying to argue otherwise is simply immoral in their minds. The basic thought process is as follows: If it makes me mad or sad, it must be wrong. If it makes me happy or gives me what I want, it must be right. I think after reading that, you already have someone in mind from your own life who fits that description.

Political correctness is the societal outworking of this type of thinking, and it is crippling us from making any real progress in our culture – both as Christians and as citizens in general. The reality is that often what has been deemed politically incorrect is actually true, and the truth will always offend those whom it challenges.

Since I believe the Christian worldview is the correct view of reality, I am not at all surprised when its claims offend people. Christianity challenges the very core of the sinful human heart. We as humans are proud, selfish individuals. We are most tempted by a system that lets our hearts become the standard of morality. We don’t like – in fact we hate – the idea that we can’t be good enough on our own, and so we make sure we redefine the terms so that we are always on the “good people” list.

Christianity cuts through that completely. It says that God is the standard, and that every single person, regardless of what justification they have in their own mind, has fallen short of the standard. Jesus died in our place for this reason. He took on humanity, lived the life we should have lived, and died the death we should have died, so that we could be reconciled with the Creator whom we sin against every day.  Our acceptance of that gift however, entails our acceptance of our moral failure. We have to accept that our actions, and our motives are often driven by selfishness, greed, and pride. We not only do the wrong things, but we fail to do the right things. Christianity requires us to throw ourselves at the foot of the cross and admit that we were wrong. We have to admit to God that we are not Him, and that He actually knows best. That is why the gospel has always been offensive, and always will be.

As Christians, we should find peace in at least two things when it comes to this topic. The first, as I just described, is the fact that saying something that someone might label as politically incorrect is completely unavoidable in this culture, so we might as well get over it. We need to start exemplifying the fact that simply disagreeing with a person’s ideas, choices, worldview, or lifestyle, does not in any way mean that we hate them. It is in fact out of love that we would challenge a view we think could harm the person, and we should not be convinced that we are immoral for doing so. If disagreement equals hatred, I am afraid that doesn’t help the other person either, since they disagree with you.

The second, is the fact that due to the contradictory nature of the entire system of political correctness, it is doomed to self-destruct. There is no way around it. Despite the fact that people would love for the truth to be determined by emotions, reality doesn’t work that way. When people’s only response to a truth claim is to take offense, it starts to become obvious to many people that this system of political correctness is holding us back. When Dr. Ben Carson, (a black man raised in a low-income Detroit family , who became a world renowned neurosurgeon) can be called a racist for challenging the system of political correctness with his views, people start to notice that something is wrong. When Dr. Paul Church, a urologist with 30 years’ experience, is fired simply for discussing the well-known, and empirically verified risks involved with homosexual behavior on the charge of “discrimination”, people take notice once again. After all, had he talked about the risks involved with smoking, no one would have batted an eye.

Or how about when popular critics of religion like Bill Maher and Sam Harris, get labelled as “racists” for having the audacity to say that Islam is more dangerous than Christianity? As much as I appreciate the back-handed compliment from these guys, I do find it slightly amusing to see them beaten up by the system of political correctness that they often adhere to. This trend will continue as more and more people realize that political correctness is eroding our culture. Why do you think Donald Trump is so popular? (Hint: It’s not because of his intellect or his hair.) It’s because he doesn’t really care if he offends people with what he says, a trait that has become more and more refreshing in our culture, even if he says some stupid things sometimes.

And so my brothers and sisters in Christ, have courage! While we should always expect the message of the gospel to offend people at their core regardless of how gently we share it – and we should be sharing it gently – we might also be hitting a point in our culture where the political correctness that hinders conversation so much, might be dying off just a little. Either way, we don’t have the option of backing off of our duties as Christians. Jesus was not politically correct, and we don’t need to be either. He loved people enough to challenge their worldview and tell them the truth. That’s our job too, whether it offends people or not.

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