Toleration is in the eye of the beholder. In other words, it all depends who you ask.
Toleration to the liberal left means conservative Christians should turn the other cheek and ignore attacks from liberals of a different faith. Toleration means that conservative Christians who endure such criticism should not point out the moral flaws of a godless society.
Toleration means accepting the point of view of the liberal, non-Christians, particularly when it comes to sexual orientation.
Speak up and speak out on such an issue and risk being charged with a hate crime. At the very least you can expect to receive hate calls and hate mail from those who accuse you of such hate crimes. Being politically incorrect is a risk that the meek are more and more likely not to take, to the great pleasure of those who prefer cultural marxism.
How far will it all go? Where will it all lead? When will the liberal left call off the dogs and consider their victory sufficient? We need only look around us to see they continue to make major advances all over the world, which most certainly must motivate them on to a goal of total domination and control of society.
Russia has a controversial law which will enable religious groups or denominations to be outlawed because one of their beliefs promotes hatred or intolerance.
A Russian court case against the Jehovah’s Witnesses is based on claims that church threatens members lives by pressuring sick people to refuse medical treatment. They are also accused of causing rifts between family members over differences in beliefs.
The attacks open the door for even greater threats to religious freedoms in Russia, and reveal what may be in store for unpopular religions elsewhere.
Canadian courts have been dealing with the question of specific religious teachings. A theological seminary has had to defend their right to teach church members that homosexuality is a sin, while the court has pushed to stop the practice since it is legal activity protected by law. In fact, teaching that homosexuality is wrong may in itself be considered a hate crime, according to some in Canada.
Ted Turner, CNN media mogul, has been critical of Christians who believe in the Ten Commandments. He thinks such a belief structure is old fashioned.
“People who think like us may be in the minority, but we´re the smart ones,” said Turner. He claims the Ten Commandments “are a little out of date.” He specifically complained that adultery should be dropped, along with “thou shalt not covet.”
The godless, liberal minority are not such a minority, despite Turner’s claim. They have gained significant ground in recent years. Their national poster child (yes child) has been a marvelous recruiting tool for them.
President Bill Clinton is a great victory for the cause, and an example of what we should all tolerate, respect, and admire. Speak out against him and we will be pointed to as being intolerant, and even hateful.
The attacks and lack of toleration from the liberal, godless, left continue unabated and almost unchallenged. California has a bill moving towards approval which would prohibit private school athletic teams from competing with public school teams unless those private schools foster homosexual toleration — meaning acceptance.
It will most likely pass, if only because the opposition has been intimidated into relative silence on the issue. There are a few courageous ones who will always speak out, but where is the outrage from those who are supposedly in the majority?
“With anti-faith individuals in full control of the legislature and governorship, this bill, absent an outrage from Californians, will be signed into law by October,” warned attorney Brad Dacus, President of Pacific Justice Institute.
The liberal, godless members of society have forgotten one thing. Toleration works both ways. The conservative, Christian right have been so tolerant that they have nearly sold their souls.
I remember some lines from a poem I learned as a boy, the author of which I cannot locate, but those few lines speak with wisdom:
“You go to your church, and I’ll go to mine;
But let’s walk along together.”
One of my creative writing professors once advised, “One man’s religion is another man’s belly laugh.” It was a long time ago, but I’ll never forget the reality of that statement.
Toleration means acceptance of the realities on both sides of the issues, without compromising one’s own belief structure.
I will fight to the death for the right of a conservative Christian to teach their children that homosexuality is wrong, and I will fight equally hard for the right of a homosexual to say that it is right. Both sides are wrong if they try to force the other side to accept their belief.
You cannot force people to be good, nor can you force them to abandon their faith. In this land of the free and home of the brave, I claim my right to disagree with you, and your right to disagree with me.
I know God lives. He is real. He hears and answers prayer. The Bible is the word of God. You have a right to disagree. I won’t force you to believe as I do, and I would like to respectfully request that you who disagree with my beliefs not try to force me to accept what you believe.
Now that does not preclude either of us from presenting our case and arguing for our side in an effort to persuade, but unfortunately those who cannot win through debate often try to win through any means at their disposal.
And that is where conservative Christians have a major problem. The opposition will use devious tactics to win at all costs.
They count on conservative Christians to not stoop so low. The only way conservative Christians can win their case, and even regain some ground, is to not permit the liberal left to intimidate them into silence.
The time for conservative Christians to stand together, refrain from internal bickering, and be anything but silent is upon us. Gird up your loins and stand your ground, and always remain the example of truth and righteousness that will point to truth and light.