PC or RC

The more I hear about being PC-politically correct, the more I wonder what my role as a child of God plays in this scenario.  Is being PC in today’s society about not using offensive terms for individuals of another race, gender or heritage; like telling blonde jokes or using racial slurs that belittle a fellow human being? Does it make a difference if one is ‘funning’ their own people or ‘funning’ someone else’s heritage?  Being of English, Irish and Scottish descent, can I be PC and still crack jokes about bad English cuisine or Irish winebibbers or Scottish penny-pinchers?  Will total politically correctness turn our world into bland milk-toast?  (Oops, is that too British a term?)

Is being PC merely the attempt to never offend someone?  Jesus certainly had strong words against the religious leaders of His day.  Was He being PC when He spoke the words of John 3:16 to Nicodemus, one of the ruling Sanhedrin?  Is the beloved verse an example of Christ being PC or RC–Respectfully Correct?  Being RC  takes the Christian’s words and actions to an entirely new level, by treating others as one wishes to be treated.

Jesus was anything but PC when He chatted with the woman at the well by speaking to a Samaritan and a woman!  He wasn’t PC when He healed the leper–Eeugh!  Unclean!  And after the woman touched the hem of His robe, He didn’t crack a joke about needing a spiritual cleansing.  But for all the Judaic politically correct rules He broke, He was always RC, respectfully correct.   With the Syrophoenician mother He first played the popular PC role to illustrate to His disciples the importance of accepting each person as a human being.  Later He called her ‘Daughter’  and healed her child.

The secret for me between PC or RC has to do with personal respect, not politics.   If what I might say disrespects one of God’s children, I shouldn’t say it.  As Flower the skunk’s mama in the film ‘Bambi’ used to say, “If you can’t say something nice; don’t say anything at all,”  or put another way, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Matthew 7:12 KJV

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