One of the “Armour” meat processing plants was in the Ft. Worth Stockyards for almost 70 years. Go there and a memorial POI marker briefly tells of their existence and a few curbs still bear their name in paint. The company was popular for many items other than meats, all made from slaughterhouse beef byproducts; soap, glue, fertilizer, drugs, buttons, hairbrushes and even Oleomargarine©.
Armour started playing a radio commercial in the late 60’s and then made into a TV commercial a few years later. Do you remember the lyrics?
Hot dogs, Armour hot dogs, what kind of kids eat Armour Hot Dogs?
Fat kids, skinny kids, kids who climb on rocks, tough kids, sissy kids,
even kids with chicken pox love hot dogs, Armour Hot Dogs. The dogs kids love to bite!
Well, they certainly couldn’t air this commercial nowadays. We are so easily offended, but we don’t seem to care as much about offending others. We are riding a wave of political correctness. I hear cries for tolerance, and then the same people shout down and condemn folks who have views different from theirs.
We are hypersensitive to every new trendy plight. You can’t tell jokes because you’ll be labeled a bigot, homophobic, a racist, sexist, etc… The squeaky wheel continues to get the grease. Hurting someone’s feelings is equated to bullying (note: we should never intentionally seek to hurt someone in any way). Ask most people over 50 what real bullying is from the days of their youth. So few of the population (disclaimer: no actual study has been made, because studies are tainted by the questions, questioners, demographics and many other methods within which they are made or compiled) would have ever cared enough to get riled up unless these human fuses started screaming out their supposed heartaches which is too often for attention to themselves more than the newly arisen cause. People look to ‘take’ offense at things. There are a few Hollywood folk and politicians who have a chronic case of taking offense at every opportunity.
We can’t solve these problems because people won’t talk to each other anymore, at least not and maintain a civil conversation. They text, email, tweet, Instagram and do anything as long as they don’t have to speak face to face. The only time the word compromise is used is when one means you should change your way of thinking to be like mine.
People believe that being politically correct actually means that they are correct. Jesus didn’t practice political correctness. He was called to be “A stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense.” (1 Pt. 2:8) He called it as it was when He dealt with ideologies, faith, culture, politics, actions, etc… Jesus calls us to be salt and light. We are to speak the truth in love, (Eph. 4:14-15). A Christians we should neither conform nor yield to culture, laws, philosophies, or anything that is in opposition to God’s Word.
Political correctness is not the answer to making our world a better place. Jesus is the answer that is still needed, holding to His truths, Biblical truths. Hold on to God’s Word, where truth is found. Our words and interactions with others should be kind and genuine. But, politically correct? No, our standard is Scripture (1 Tim. 3:15 & 2 Tim. 3:16). Being politically correct will not endear us to God and it is killing churches. It changes doctrines and hearts. Make your goal to please God, not mankind. Love and follow God who calms the seas, not the back and forth waves of the world’s ideologies.
“They will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths” (2 Tim. 4:3-4).
So, it’s the world or the Word. It’s time to choose one or the other.