Politically Correct?


G.K. Chesterton once said that when man ceases to worship God he does not worship nothing but worships anything. Some would argue that that anything is man himself. For when man ceases to worship God, he worships himself. And when man worships himself, he establishes safeguards to prevent against offending himself. One of these safeguards is political correctness. Man is afraid of offending his deified self, so he maintains that we all must be “politically correct.”

What is wrong with this picture? Man is paying to himself homage that should only be given to God. When was the last time we heard about the need to be religiously correct? Why do men so thoughtlessly offend God while taking every precaution not to offend man? Truly, a diabolical disorientation has been effected.

The solution here is for man to humble himself. Man is not God, and he should not fret over offenses against himself. In fact, sinful man has merited an eternity of punishments for his crimes. All of our efforts should instead be diverted away from ourselves in order to focus on ensuring that God is no longer offended. This is the correct order of things, and this is how we obtain peace. Do not be politically correct; be religiously correct. Do not worry about offending man; worry about offending God.


6 thoughts on “Politically Correct?

  1. Hi Tom, I had a nice conversation with your mom about an article I wrote for American Thinker and she gave me a link here. I liked this piece and mostly agree with it. I also *love* the Chesterton quote as well. Sadly, I once tried to track down where it’s from and it turns out that Chesterton didn’t say this. At best it’s a mash up of two different things he said. Here’s a reference https://www.chesterton.org/ceases-to-worship/ . Anyway, that’s not a criticism of your piece, which, as I say, I liked. Just thought you should know. Keep up the good work! Mike

  2. My pleasure Tom. It’s usually worth checking since A LOT of attributions turn out to be false. One thing you can do in such cases is to say the quote is “attributed to X”: or “as X is alleged to have said”: or any equivalent construction. 99.9 percent of your readers won’t care and probably won’t even notice the difference.

    1. Yes, you’re absolutely right. I actually planned to structure the sentence as a direct quote with quotation marks and all, but something told me it would be better to simply paraphrase. I should followed my hunch a little further. Anyway, thanks again for the heads up. I used to comment a lot on past AT writings, and I’m thinking I may soon get back into that. So be on the lookout 😉

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