The religion of Western culture is now tolerance. Its adherents have one stated precept: They profess a kind of universalism, saying that all beliefs are valid except the belief in a singular Truth. To be tolerant, one must refrain from criticizing or judging another person's beliefs or behaviors. So if a personal value opposes values that are more universally held, then it should remain unspoken.
Christians are labeled intolerant for one reason: Jesus.
It is no secret that those held most guilty of intolerance are evangelical Christians. To believe that the Bible is the unadulterated Word of God—and to believe that this matters—is untenable among the proponents of tolerance.
Christians are labeled intolerant for one reason: Jesus. The secularists cannot stand His fame, His name, or His claims. To suggest that there is only one way to find peace and one way to eternal rest flies in the face of universalism.
Since intolerance is equated with being uneducated, prejudiced, unfair, mean-spirited, hard-hearted, and bigoted, it is not surprising that Christians are sometimes tempted to be tolerant of sinful behaviors and beliefs.
But God hates sin. He is perfect and righteous, and as such, He has clearly shown the difference between righteousness and sin in His Word. There remains no acceptable sin in His eyes. God sent His only Son to die to atone for our sins, providing abundant grace and the power to defeat our sin.
Prayer: God, if I am labeled "intolerant" because of You, help me to never be ashamed. Help me to remember the Truths in Your Word and that, in Your eyes, there is no acceptable sin. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
"Blessed is anyone who does not stumble on account of me" (Luke 7:23).
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