We should be able to speak our truth in a free society. So should other people. But it’s a rotten lie to suggest belittling people is allowed in order to push back against some social bogeyman called “political correctness.” What kind of emptiness has infected our culture that some people are willing to display really bad manners because they think it’s called for. Some self-proclaimed Christians have engaged in this subterfuge and disgraced the gospel. Being sensitive to others’ concerns is not wimping out. There are things that are correct, and politics has nothing to do with it. Nowhere in the Sermon on the Mount does Jesus suggest it’s okay to insult others under certain circumstances.
Take a warning from Isaiah about topsy-turvy morality: “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter” (Isaiah 5:20).
There are people in the big basket that’s all of God’s children whose beliefs I don’t agree with or whose lifestyle I can’t condone. I am willing to say so and explain myself. But I can’t dis-love them because of it. I can’t disrespect them to make my point. I can’t abuse them with epithets to show them who’s boss. Name-calling is not evangelism or speaking the truth. One of the least correct things I can think of is dishing out evil and calling it good.