Tolerance AKA You can’t think for Yourself!
Challenge Those Who Value Tolerance to in Fact Be Tolerant
Today the word “Tolerance” reigns supreme. We live in a world that houses a double standard. Tolerance is placed above all things, including truth. However those who claim to be so very high-minded and supremely tolerant often prove to be absolutely intolerant when you do not fit into their camp and holding to their worldview. As Randy Alcorn says, “In particular, they are intolerant toward every person and idea that they, confident in their own appraisal, judge to be intolerant.”
Gregory Koukl with Stand to Reason shares this from his blog post…
If you’re placed in a situation where you suspect your convictions will be labeled intolerant, bigoted, narrow-minded, and judgmental, turn the tables. When someone asks for your personal views about a moral issue—homosexuality, for example—preface your remarks with a question.
You say: “You know, this is actually a very personal question you’re asking, and I’d be glad to answer. But before I do, I want to know if you consider yourself a tolerant person or an intolerant person. Is it safe to give my opinion, or are you going to judge me for my point of view? Do you respect diverse ideas, or do you condemn others for convictions that differ from yours?” Let them answer. If they say they’re tolerant (which they probably will), then when you give your point of view it’s going to be very difficult for them to call you intolerant or judgmental without looking guilty, too.
This response capitalizes on the fact that there’s no morally neutral ground. Everybody has a point of view they think is right and everybody judges at some point or another. The Christian gets pigeon-holed as the judgmental one, but everyone else is judging, too. It’s an inescapable consequence of believing in any kind of morality.