Monday, December 22, 2008

Tolerance or Intolerant?

A read this great post from my former Pastor's son, whose name is Jon Decker. Jon leads a successful band called, 'The Mint,' and has a beautiful wife and baby. I could write pages of about this topic, but I thought Jon did a great job bringing it all together. For the complete post, visit www.jonathandecker.wordpress.com.

Tolerance: a fair, objective, and permissive attitude toward opinions and practices that differ from one’s own.

Tolerance is a huge buzzword for my generation, especially used by limp wristed, politically correct young people when someone has an opinion different from their own.

For the new wave of social justice Christians tolerance is used to muddy doctrine, in the name of not offending someone with a different set of beliefs. For the generation Y liberal, tolerance is applied to a grab bag of behavior and preference choices that everyone should have to agree with. It seems right now there is a slight uproar over Rick Warren praying at the inaguration. People call him “intolerant” because he actually believes what the bible says, which is becoming more rare for peole in the public eye.

I think he sets a great example of speaking truth in love. At no time has he said anything derogatory about anyone, except state his beliefs. Where is the tolerance for that?

Most disgusting was the interview I watched last night with Ann Curry. The sickness of her bias was so strong I nearly vomited on my televison. I wonder if she would talk to one of the nations Muslim leaders like that? Or the Dali Llama in all of his “holiness”? I would guess not. See my friends, it’s “cool” to be tolerant of everything else, besides Christianity. We use words like “reconciliation” to promote ecumenical-ism, if that’s a word, which in turn distorts our faith. Christianity in an of itself is intolerant by today’s standards. We believe in One God, and that the only path to salvation is through his son, Jesus.

I love honest dialouge, and I have friends of many faiths and sexual orientation, and enjoy talking with them. God calls us to love our neighbors as ourselves regardless of religion or whom they sleep with. The danger is watering down our faith to make it culturally acceptable, because it won’t be. We need to love without faltering in our beliefs at the risk of being called intolerant."