silenced by tolerance

Proverb 14:34 declares that, “Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.
Isaiah 5:20 Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
Isaiah 10:1 Woe unto them that decree unrighteous decrees, and that write grievousness which they have prescribed

Tolerance as it is being used in our culture today is destroying the moral foundations that made Americans and America great. Psalm 11:3 says, “If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?” Proverb 14:34 also declares that, “Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.” True tolerance involves permitting or allowing a conduct or point of view one disagrees with while respecting the person in the process. True tolerance really only exists when we are allowed to disagree with someone. This kind of tolerance runs similar to the Biblical principle of forbearing one another in love (Eph. 4:3; Col. 3:3) which all Christians can embrace.

Today that is not the culturally liberal view of tolerance. If you think someone is wrong about anything and voice your disagreement you are intolerant. The new tolerance aims to silence all opposition and all disagreement. It says you must approve of what I do; you must agree with me; you must allow me to have my way and not hinder me. They not only say that everyone has a right to his beliefs but all beliefs are equal and demands praise, endorsement, and acceptance of that person’s beliefs. That kind of tolerance says there is really no right or wrong, no absolutes, and thus no morality. In this brand of tolerance, instead of good and evil, we are manipulated to view everything in terms of “equality, diversity, multiculturalism, and politically correct tolerance” which totally cuts out viewing things in terms of moral right and wrong.

Many believers and preachers are silenced into submission by this perverted view of tolerance. It almost makes me puke to hear the “time to move on,” and “just love them” crowd’s response to the usurping Supreme Court ruling on homosexual marriage. Some even insist on living as though they are in a “Christian bubble,” as though nothing is going on wrong around them or in our nation. I guess we should act like the three monkeys who see no evil, hear no evil, and speak no evil. Other Christians are simply just compromising rather than speaking the truth in love and being the salt of the earth. It may be that to them the danger doesn’t seem great and the cost of obedience seems too high and demanding.

As Christians, though, we have to give total allegiance to Jesus and total loyalty to the truth. Second Corinthians 13:8 says, “For we can do nothing against the truth but for the truth.” The truth is in Jesus (Eph. 4:21). Standing for the truth may come with a cost, persecution, and suffering but it pays to obey God. Godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is and that which is to come (1 Tim. 4:8). Stand for the truth of God’s moral absolutes. The life that is to come in eternity is a long time to be wrong.

Pastor John Rasicci is the founder and Pastor of Word of His Grace Church in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, where we are building people who are building the Church. Pastor's ministry mission is to help people discover God's dream for their Life, the Local Church, and the Last Days' Harvest. With a strong emphasis on the grace of God and with a prophetic voice, Pastor John preaches and teaches in churches, conferences, and crusades both locally and throughout the world. He has produced books, tapes, and other teaching materials to empower, enable, and equip Believers with the Word of God. Pastor John is married to his wife Candy who with their three children, Krista, Joanna, John Anthony, and two son-in-laws, Matt and Doug, serve together in the ministry. After graduating from Kent State University, Pastor John pursued a career in professional baseball before accepting the call to the ministry. He and his wife, Candy, received their ministry training from Rhema Bible Training Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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