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Showing posts with label Matthew 22:36-40. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Matthew 22:36-40. Show all posts

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Tolerance Is Not The Ultimate Goal, Love Is.

Jesus never asked or instructed us to tolerate people He commanded us to love them.Tolerance is a word that shouldn't be a part of the believers vocabulary . Tolerance is a permissive attitude toward opinions and practices that differ from our own. It is easy to allow someone to live any way that they want just as long as it doesn’t affect your own life. It is much harder to love people as we love ourselves. The God kinda of Love requires us to do more than just accept people of all kinds from a distance - essentially ignoring them. This kind of love requires us to actually get involved in people’s lives.

If loving God is what gives us our identity as Christians and that same God says that loving people is just as important as loving Him, then Christians should be identified also by their love of people. In other words, Jesus never instructed us to “love your neighbor as yourself as long as your neighbor is the same race, gender, class, sexual orientation, and has the same faith as you.” In other words love is action this means helping your family, friends, coworkers, and literal neighbors with “life stuff” – listen to their problems, help them move, drive them to the airport, bring them food when they’re sick, etc. This list could go on and on. The goal is to show others the love of Christ which was freely given to us.

Love, the kind Christ speaks of, seeks to help others in all areas possible- and this includes telling people when they are wrong. Love involves correction. Tolerance discourages correction. Unfortunately Christians have a hard time telling the difference between being self-righteously judgmental and simply standing up for truth out of love for others and God, and so tolerance takes over.
Question? Would you want people to tolerate you?