A friend sent me an article on the level at which speech codes at universities are stifling free speech by forbidding any reference to what may offend members of groups considered protected, no matter how obscure the reference and how unlikely its supposed offense may be.  As a reader of Academic Questions, I am well aware of the nature and extent of the phenomenon, especially in its more grotesque and aggressive form. He asked rhetorically how far this could go. Well, what can one say? It will go as far as people allow themselves to be intimidated by the left to alter their behavior in accordance with its will to power.

There are speech codes in the Bible, too, to which we are bound by our faith, in the first and highest instance not to take the Name of the Lord in vain, then to be truthful, kind, and judicious. You really can tell what rule a person is controlled by, by listening to him speak.  Christian must guard their tongues and be particularly careful in midst of the decline of faith and culture, not to talk like the world talks—not just to be polite and avoid vulgarity, but increasingly not to obey the secular speech codes, especially those which oppose the faith.

They will, however,  be forced deeper into the world of political correctness, so far as it opposes biblical teaching on the sexes, until they are willing to understand what will be probably be to most of them a revolutionary and exceedingly uncomfortable idea, that the primacy of the masculine, belief in which is necessary for profession of the Creed, is part of their faith.  Otherwise they have no basis on which to protect themselves from destructive changes in the house of language where their faith dwells.  To overthrow this deviance they must renounce egalitarianism in both its theological and anthropological manifestations as unnatural and ungodly.

The friend who sent me the article inspiring this post is an Evangelical pastor. I wonder how many of these understand how many in their world have rejected orthodox Christianity, mainstream Evangelicalism’s de facto rule being that (for evangelical reasons, of course) one goes as far with egalitarianism as one can, in speech, writing, Bible translation, and hymnody–instead of identifying it as an evil to be opposed. I wonder if he understands the significance of changing “Rise up, O Men of God” to “Rise up, O Church of God” in the hymnal he uses, or if he sees any possible connection between the forward march of political correctness and the ever-dwindling number of men in the churches where its campaign is most advanced.