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New World Tolerance

In the past, the word ‘tolerance’ meant ‘ respectfully agreeing to disagree’ with others, like neighbors, family or friends in regards to difficult or controversial topics.

Today, however, a new understanding of tolerance reigns supreme:  No longer must I merely respect my neighbor’s right to think and act differently from me, I must embrace, celebrate, and promote my neighbor’s way of life, even if that means repudiating my own values in the process.

Now the word has been redefined to ‘all values, all beliefs, all lifestyles, all truth claims are equaly valid and worthy. Denying this makes a person ‘intolerant’, and thus worthy of contempt.

The new definition of ‘tolerance’ makes the Christian claims to exclusivity (John 14:6) ‘intolerant’, which supposedly justifies much of the anti-Christianity in the media and the education system.

But this argument is obviously self-refuting in that if these ‘tolerance’ advocates reject Christianity, then they are not treating this belief as ‘equal’

This is not surprising however, those who teach a tolerance of all beliefs often oppose Christianity. They cannot tolerate the teachings of the Bible saying, “Here’s what’s right and here’s what wrong. ” If the Bible, God’s word gives an absolute, it certainly isn’t tolerated.They believe that we have to tolerate all beliefs and viewpoints as equally valid. Except those of Christianity. Contrary to popular belief, religions do not teach the same things, and, so, they can’t all be true.

“The Christian is most often claimed to be “intolerant” when he refuses to accept and speaks out against “alternative lifestyles,” such as cohabitation or homosexual behavior. Again, this is an improper use of the word “intolerant.” Tolerance does not require acceptance of all ideas as being true, but merely a willingness to hear alternative beliefs. Those who say that Christians should not express their beliefs are actually the ones who are being intolerant, since they are unwilling to grant equal freedom of expression to Christian beliefs.”

Real Life Example

Check out the following quote by someone I know and respect, but don’t agree with 100 percent on in a couple of areas.

“If your belief system is contributing to a culture that is so intolerant that teens are KILLING themselves, I hope that you will study, pray, and examine your heart for wisdom & truth. Happy PRIDE week to my LGBT loved ones!”

She is very passionate and intelligent person. Notice the key buzz word. “Intolerant” I am not convinced by her statement that the different culture so often identified, Christianity, is either intolerant or that it can be held responsible for the tragic deaths of these teens. Any death of a teen, for any reason is a terrible loss.

Again, you can’t miss that the word “INTOLERANT” is used here. It must be their favorite word. Intolerant, intolerance, tolerant…TOLERANCE. This seems to be a Sacred word and the highest ideal that all should be adhere to and embrace.

However if an alternative viewpoint is taken,… you will get an earful!

 You want to talk about intolerance,.. well then… here are few examples of recent intolerance for Christianity:

Why is it those demanding tolerance are tolerant of only those who “CELEBRATE” their beliefs? That’s not very tolerant.

• The Supreme court determining to exclude anyone who prays in Jesus name from a rotation of officials who open city business meetings

• The removal of US military Chaplain Gordon Klingenschmitt, over the issue of praying in Jesus Name

• UCLA’s prohibiting a graduating student from thanking her “Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” in her graduation speech

• A San Diego elementary school created an extra recess period to allow 100 Muslim students to pray, while a federal judge upheld a Knoxville, Ky., jury’s decision that a public school could prohibit its 5th grade Christian students from studying and discussing their Bibles during recess

• The Council on American-Islamic Relations (Los Angeles) requested an investigation of the desecration of a Quran, Islam‘s revealed text, as a hate crime. Conversely, when Palestinians tore up Bibles for toilet paper (May 15, 2002, The Washington Times) there was no outrage, and after a church in the U.S. saved and held fundraisers to afford the cost of buying and shipping requested Bibles in the Pashto and Dari language to an American sergeant in Afghanistan, the Bibles were confiscated, thrown away, and burned. The only official comment about burning the Bibles was this one, by a Defense Department spokesman, “Troops in war zones are required to “burn their trash.”

So as Christians, how should we respond to this. Well like Jesus did, he loved Everyone relentlessly, but he never condoned everything they did, he held them to accountability for their sins, the hot buttons today tend to deal with homosexuality and topics surrounding women, but there are so many more. As Christians, can we really point our finger at someone with a same-sex attraction who avoids church and yet have no problem with the person we sit next to at church who we know leads an immoral lifestyle? We can’t, it doesn’t make us judge and jury, but we need perspective on this don’t we. Neither do we need allow popular opinion direct our path. Do we turn a blind eye to the death of innocent children simply because it’s legal.  We can’t.

Romans 12:2

English Standard Version (ESV)

2 Do not be conformed to this world,[a] but be transformed by  the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may  discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.[b]

When you speak the truth in love,.. you will be insulted, called intolerant and worse. Don’t worry, they didn’t like it when Jesus did it either,… you are in good company.

Final Question

If you don’t like my viewpoint, my perspectives, or my freedom to assert them, does that make you intolerant?

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