Tolerance

One of the big watchwords we hear today is “tolerance”. This is defined as accepting anything and everything new we see and hear and learning to live with it. There are different things we have preferences for in life. When it comes to sports, some people root for the University of Michigan, whereas others favor Michigan State. Some people like Coke, and others like Pepsi. Some like chocolate, and others don’t. These tastes are simply personal likes and dislikes that we can take a casual “live and let live” attitude towards. Tolerance as defined by many today, however, involves not sports,pop, or food, but matters like homosexuality, abortion, religious views that contradict the Bible and so on. We are told that we must do this to embrace different points of view including cultural and sexual perspectives we aren’t used to. We see this mentality especially evident at college, where diversity is seen as a virtue. What does the Bible say about all of this ? “There is a way which seemeth right unto man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” (Proverbs 14:12). There are many things that our politically correct culture views in a positive light. Drugs are thought of as a way to get high, but result in addiction, disease, and ultimately death. Homosexuality often causes AIDS and other sexual diseases that result in death. Abortion leads to a guilty conscience among women who undergo the procedure and can in some cases result in suicide. There are many other examples to show that this is true. But the danger in tolerance and political correctness doesn’t just lie in the world. The church increasingly embraces this mindset. A so-called “Christian gay activist” named Matthew Vines wrote a book in which he claims that homosexuality is not a sin. This book was published by a Christian publishing company. We see this spirit because as Hosea puts it: “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children” (Hosea 4:6). There are some churches that don’t teach their members and especially those our age, what God says regarding political correctness in the Bible. This is especially true of those who are our age as young people and young adults. As a result these people are led away from the church and into beliefs that are contrary to Scripture. We should be aware of this mentality and study the Bible to see what it says and how it applies to the circumstances in our lives. God promises those who are faithful eternal life. There will be persecution because those who advocate this type of tolerance have and will continue to prove themselves intolerant of the Bible and what it says regarding their worldview. But if we by His grace and Holy Spirit are faithful to His word, He gives us this promise: “Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life” (Revelation 2:10). Not only has God made this promise, He will also fulfill it. May we be aware of tolerance and use spiritual discernment in what we hear and see.

Kevin Rau

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