| 2-10-11 | Bill Randles
A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast: but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel
. (Proverbs 12:10)
Currently, there is an alternative to the judeo christian concept of love for our fellow-man, which is called tolerance. It looks like love and perhaps more importantly to many it actually feels like love, but it’s not love at all.
In fact though it is called tolerance, it’s not even tolerance in the traditional sense of the word. A better expression would perhaps be fawning accommodation, but tolerance is what they are calling it these days.
In this post christian era, the highest ideal is that we in the majority bend over backwards to be tolerant of every deviance from society. We are to be tolerant and accepting of foreigners and their customs, of other religions, cultures and practices.
Of course credit is never given to the fact that the most tolerant place on the planet has always been the christian west. Freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and freedom to life on your own terms have been the hallmark of places like America and Britain. But that definition of tolerance has recently been upgraded.
The new tolerance doesn’t simply mean that you must allow for differences among people or society without castigation or persecution. We are now required by the Orwellian definition of tolerance. to positively promote such lifestyles, customs and deviance (moral or otherwise), almost to the point of the denigration of the majority culture.
We should be tolerant of differences, indeed, we should ever be hospitable to the stranger, allow for religious differences, celebrate the fact that there is freedom of speech and of thought , traces of the formerly christian culture. This comes from Moses and of course Jesus and the prophets, and seeped its way into western society.
But the new tolerance goes beyond that and is actually quite cruel.
For example, take the new toleration of Islam. When there is something toxic about a culture, an inherent flaw in it, to “tolerate it” almost to the point of admiringly upholding it almost as a model “religion of peace” does no service to the people in it. Our own Government practiced this after 9-11, 2001.
The Muslim people desperately need to be confronted as human beings with the serious flaws of their own false religion, and 9-11 was an ideal ‘teachable moment’, but the new tolerance made it impossible to do on a large-scale. I believe this new non judgmental tolerance is cruel because it is both artificial and it is patronizing.
Muslims are human beings also, and in spite of the teachings of Mohammed they still have a conscience and know very well that what happened on 9-11 was an act of criminal barbarity. As human beings none of them would want that to happen to them or any people they know. But the new tolerance “runs interference” on any real soul-searching.
The rush to justify Islam, and to appease the “hurt feelings ‘ of Muslims in America and elsewhere actually hurts Muslims, because it denies them full responsibility as moral agents. Islam and it’s adherents have committed 16,000 acts of terror since 9-11, but in the new tolerance, they are mere victims to be pitied.
I have been seeing the destruction of this cruel, new tolerance in the area of homosexuality as well. Those who try to point out that homosexuality is a destructive, literally damning way to live, are shut down by the new tolerance as “Haters”, of the homosexual.(I am trying to break the habit of calling them “Gay”, I don’t accept the premise, they aren’t “gay” they are miserable and drug, alcohol, suicide statistics bear this out.)
But who really “hates” the homosexual, and who truly “Loves ” them? Those who practice the new tolerance actually hate the homosexual, by condemning them to this “Lifestyle”, affirming them in that which is sterile, deadly, filthy and which debases and kills the conscience. This kind of “acceptance” is deadly.
Those who truly love the homosexuals are the ones who tell them in the name of the Lord, that God has something better for them than that, and that they are responsible beings who must give account for this distortion of God’s prophetic institution of marriage, and that change is entirely possible and so is forgiveness.
This new toxic tolerance has even seeped into the evangelical christian church. There are those who have been embarrassed by the teaching of Jesus and the Apostles and Prophets of the Bible against Sodomy. They would gain cheap points with the world for being “compassionate” over against those “judgmental religious hypocrites” who dare to speak truth in love to this generation.
This is how Christians are consistently betraying one another and their Lord, by posing as the “tolerant loving christians”, over against the faithful witnesses to truth in our time.
We must ruthlessly call this heresy out for what it is, a perversion of the Biblical teaching of love which is based on truth and a revelation of the Holy God. Real Love isn’t humanistic “tolerance” , it is Holy, and upholds the Truth of God. Love hates evil and rejoices in the Truth.
The ironic thing about the new tolerance, is that it only runs one way. Be aware that those who once pleaded for “tolerance” for homosexuals, Islam, atheism,abortion and pornography, etc, will prove to be so intolerable of christians that they will one day soon persecute us without mercy .
I close with a beautiful quote from Dorothy Sayers, which is linked to a good article on a blog called religiopoliticaltalk.com
“In the world it is called Tolerance, but in hell it is called Despair, the sin that believes in nothing, cares for nothing, seeks to know nothing, interferes with nothing, enjoys nothing, hates nothing, finds purpose in nothing, lives for nothing, and remains alive because there is nothing for which it will die
.” (Dorothy Sayers)