I care about language, so I’ll just say it: politically correct language is not weak. Instead, it is part of the proper response to marginalized people.
Theology in the USA in recent years has worked, under the influence of the likes of liberation theologies, to adjust its language. Inclusive is now the name of the game. And actually, I don’t find anything wrong with this. Why?
Well it is not so weak as it has been made out to be. The care to include other people in one’s way of talking has been characterized as a way of pulling punches, not being sharp enough, or simply bowing to pressures from the far left. However, to characterize it as such is profoundly ignorant. Consider an excerpt of King:
King voices a common problem: associating goodness with white and evil with black, and doing so within a racial/racist culture, overtly or implicitly tells those of non-white skin to hate their body. The response to such a problem is first to realize that the subject is constituted by divine work within people, while at the same time, working to change how our language works and influences those around us.
The aim of correcting language into a more universal speech is meant to bring others in. In other words, it is to allow room for those not explicitly like us to exist within our sentences, rather than simply holding our particular selves as the universal standard. In fact, the correction of language was rooted in the objections of those who seemed invisible or voiceless: they were not even part of the conversation. The point of moving towards a more inclusive language is to change one of the fundamental structures that forms us: the categories that form how we talk. This change in language isn’t a superficial thing, nor weak, rather it is a reply to anguished cries. And frankly, if you haven’t heard the cries, you haven’t been listening well, if at all.
Now, does some “pc” speech seem unwieldy and awkward at times? Yes. So get creative. Should it all be taken wholesale? Probably not. And can it seem a frustrating that some people do it just because? Yes. Doing something like this just because is annoying and sheepish, but not because of the thing itself, rather it is because of the moron who doesn’t think it through. Thus, I don’t see an actual problem with changing our language. In fact, I wonder about those who aren’t.
Do not forget that our language should not obstruct or alter the proclamation of Jesus’ work so that it reinforces a broken system. And remember, the salvation Paul talked about was a universal Gospel.