There is so much talk these days about liberalism this and political correctness that, that one has to wonder if all those doing the talking are addressing a real problem that besets all of society, much less providing a solution, or if they are merely talking around it.
A basic definition of the word liberal means to be generous, free, and tolerant in a virtuous sense.
Initially the idea of liberalism was a reaction against a centralized government and the tyranny that follows from placing too much power in the hands of one man or an oligarchy.
Such idealism was rooted in a belief in God and an understanding that if man was left to himself to rule over or lead a people, it would ultimately devolve into deception and corruption.
One does not have to look far to see just how far contemporary government leaders have departed from the original ideal of liberalism.
Ever since the Enlightenment Period of the late 1700s, the definition of being liberal has taken a radical shift away from the superlatives of generosity, tolerance, and liberty.
Today, human autonomy has been exalted to the level of near antinomianism or anarchy and total chaos. Godliness and accountability to anyone or anything transcendent to human rule is now balked at as delusional, mythical, or irrational.
To get one’s way, anymore, all it takes is a smear campaign and trumped up charges of racism, hatred, or bigotry, rather than an honest appeal to rational thought as supported by biblical truth.
When we turn to “political correctness, what is often bantered about in public and private discourse is really nothing more than an intensification of the departure of early liberal thought; it is relativism run amok after the order of nineteenth century Utilitarianism.
Utilitarianism, under the advisement of Jeremy Bentham and John Stuart Mill, advocated welfarism, hedonism in varying degrees, and above all, maximizing the greatest happiness or pleasure and the minimization of personal pain as the ultimate goals in life.
Ultimately, however, Utilitarian ethics and morals were completely subjective, meaning that there was no absolute right or wrong; only pleasure, which was decided by the individual as measured by personal experiences.
Political correctness, therefore, is frequently misunderstood; although the average person with any amount of common sense knows just how arbitrary, unrighteous, and destructive its policies and procedures continue to be, as the liberal faction of society enforce its agenda without much resistance.
The Apostle Paul warned of a day when some who claimed to be Christian would fall away from the faith and embrace what amounted to doctrines of demons; doctrines that James, the half-brother of Jesus, would define as motivated by jealousy, selfish ambition, and disorder (James 3:14-16).
Clearly, in the day and age in which we live, what motivates most people has nothing to do with actual liberty or freedom.
Instead, it has to do with a selfish, godless, chaos, which sees each individual as his or her own “god,” and he or she is not going to be told what to do by anyone.
It is the original lie regurgitated and re-swallowed all over again, as man brazenly shakes his fist in God’s face, rather than running and hiding as he probably should.
And the only solution for the demonic intrusion is to seek God, via His revelation, and then put into practice what He has said about any of the strategies, plans, and policies the demonic realm wishes to impose upon humanity.
Otherwise, as has been seen throughout human history, the nation that forgets God amid its demonic influence is turned into a hell on earth and subsequently destroyed—and just how liberal is that?