Saturday, July 30, 2011

They Can't Tolerate Intolerance

Conservative Christians are many times defined as "intolerant" because we insist upon a society firmly grounded and functioning only within the spectrum of Biblical principles.  Some of us speak out against (for instance) homosexual marriage, birth control, abortion, socialism, Darwinianism, totalitarianism, and atheism, but others have become passive over the issues of late. 

The argument that we are "intolerant" to homosexual marriage is especially prevalent these days.  Voddie Bauchum once shared that after speaking out against this issue, he received an assortment of over-the-phone death threats from angered gay men.  His question was "So...if you are going to kill me for being intolerant...wouldn't that be...intolerant?" 

Ephesians 4:14-15
“Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming.  Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.”

If you love your family and friends, your neighbors and your country in general, there is no room for "tolerating" (otherwise translated as encouraging) behaviors that will destroy them.  We must be bold to speak the truth with gentleness and love, only because we truly want THE BEST for these dear people.  Because there IS such a thing as right and wrong, and there ARE gruesome consequences for ungodly conduct. 

We must understand that saying nothing, is saying something.  If it is not really wrong, it must be ok.  If it is not right to send our young American women out onto the battle field, but yet we always altogether avoid pressing the issue, we are saying it is acceptable.  Your children will think it is acceptable.  The line between black and white gets pushed a little further into the dark with every generation of toleration.  

Now, I am not saying that there are never times when we need to keep our mouths shut.  Oftentimes I am more likely to say too much rather than not enough.  There are times when you just have to let things go.  You can’t live your life in constant verbal controversy with everyone you don’t agree with.  And frankly, sometimes simply “living the life” is more effective than speaking up.

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