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?

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  1. I agree strongly with you. Tolerance is a word that never should have wormed its way into Christianity. Real love takes courage and compassion, tolorance takes neither. Great blog!

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  2. You are so right with this!

    I remember a post I have written before about Open Rebuke is better than Hidden love. It is indeed right that we as brother's keepers need not tolerate if things are no longer right especially before God's eyes.

    If you want to check the post, it's here: http://your-dailyword.blogspot.com/2009/05/open-rebuke-is-better-than-hidden-love.html

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  3. I am so please that you have taken a correct stand on tolerance and love. Tolerance is so weak compared to love. It says simply-You do your thing and I'll do mine. Tolerance sings, "Everything is beautiful in its own way." And you are right, who wants to be just tolerated? Yuk! Love on the other hand says, I honor you as being a "fearfully and wonderfully made" creation of God. Love calls out to people to come home, be cleansed, and fellowship with God and us.

    Tolerance is really hypocrisy; because it tries to make us believe, we have relationship with the one being tolerated; but in truth we put them on the outer fringe of our group. We cannot have honest conversation for fear of offending and being called intolerant.

    Love on the other hand seeks truth. You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. Love agrees with God, that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Love cares enough to tell the truth, bind up the broken hearted, declare the Good News, and look beyond their faults to see their needs. When necessary, Love cares enough to confront.

    God did not call us to tolerate. He called us to love. We are called to love Him, others, and ourselves. When the church stops tolerating and starts loving, then the old hymn, They Will Know We Are Christians by Our Love, will become a reality and God's kingdom will truly reign.

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  4. @Ben, on love thanks for your comment.

    @Mikes thanks for the comment. I will check that link, thanks.

    @shanchere thanks for your comment,it was well thought out and I appreciate it. My former pastor use to teach on love and tolerance.He would always end with that question: Do you want to be Tolerated or Love?

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  5. You just took me to a place i'd forgotten. When my oldest son started kindergarden he came home raving about his teacher. She's so nice so,she let me pick up the papers, finally i asked is she black or white. He responded I don't know she's a lady but i'll ask her tomorrow. I screamed don't ask her that, he asked why did you ask me? Oh that we could remain with a childs heart seeing with love until we learn differences. Thanks for the reminder.

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  6. You just took me to a place i'd forgotten. When my oldest son started kindergarden he came home raving about his teacher. She's so nice so,she let me pick up the papers, finally i asked is she black or white. He responded I don't know she's a lady but i'll ask her tomorrow. I screamed don't ask her that, he asked why did you ask me? Oh that we could remain with a childs heart seeing with love until we learn differences. Thanks for the reminder.

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  7. unfortunately so many of use view love as a common bond shared by people of the same opinion.if you believe as you say you believe i urge you to reject tolerance.(another form of compromisingwhen two people agree on something niether getting what they really want).

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  8. unfortunately so many of use view love as a common bond shared by people of the same opinion.if you believe as you say you believe i urge you to reject tolerance.(another form of compromisingwhen two people agree on something niether getting what they really want).

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  9. You are so right with this!

    I remember a post I have written before about Open Rebuke is better than Hidden love. It is indeed right that we as brother's keepers need not tolerate if things are no longer right especially before God's eyes.

    If you want to check the post, it's here: http://your-dailyword.blogspot.com/2009/05/open-rebuke-is-better-than-hidden-love.html

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