The New Tolerance is Cruel

A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast: but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel. (Proverbs 12:10)

Currently, there is  an alternative to the judeo christian concept of love for our fellow-man, which is called tolerance. It looks like love and perhaps more importantly to many it actually feels like love, but it’s not love at all.

In fact though it is called tolerance, it’s not even tolerance in the traditional sense of the word. A better expression would perhaps be fawning accommodation, but tolerance is what they are calling it these days.

In this post christian era, the highest ideal is that we in the majority bend over backwards to be tolerant of every deviance from society. We are to be tolerant and accepting of foreigners and their customs, of other religions, cultures and practices.

Of course credit is never given to the fact that the most tolerant place on the planet has always been the christian west. Freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and freedom to life on your own terms have been the hallmark of places like America and Britain. But that definition of tolerance has recently been upgraded.

The new tolerance doesn’t simply mean that you must allow for differences among people or society without castigation or persecution. We are now required by the Orwellian definition of tolerance. to positively promote such lifestyles, customs and deviance  (moral or otherwise), almost to the point of the denigration of the majority culture.

We should be tolerant of differences, indeed, we should ever  be hospitable to the stranger, allow for religious differences, celebrate the fact that there is freedom of speech and of thought , traces of the formerly christian culture. This comes from Moses and of course Jesus and the prophets, and seeped its way into western society.

But the new tolerance goes beyond that and  is actually quite cruel.

For example, take the new toleration of Islam. When there is something toxic about a culture, an inherent flaw in it, to “tolerate it” almost to the point of admiringly upholding it almost as a model “religion of peace”  does no service to the people in it. Our own Government practiced this after 9-11, 2001.

The Muslim people desperately need to be confronted as human beings with the serious flaws of their own false religion, and 9-11 was an ideal ‘teachable moment’, but the new tolerance made it impossible to do on a large-scale. I believe this new non judgmental tolerance is cruel because it is both artificial and it is patronizing.

Muslims are human beings also, and in spite of the teachings of Mohammed they still have a conscience and know very well that what happened on 9-11 was an act of criminal barbarity. As human beings none of them would want that to happen to them or any people they know. But the new tolerance “runs interference” on any real soul-searching.

The rush to justify Islam, and to appease the “hurt feelings ‘ of Muslims in America and elsewhere actually hurts Muslims, because it denies them full responsibility as moral agents. Islam and it’s adherents have committed 16,000 acts of terror since 9-11, but in the new tolerance, they are mere victims to be pitied.

I have been seeing the destruction of this cruel, new tolerance in the area of homosexuality as well. Those who try to point out that homosexuality is a destructive, literally damning way to live, are shut down by the new tolerance as “Haters”, of the homosexual.(I am trying to break the habit of calling them “Gay”, I don’t accept the premise, they aren’t “gay” they are miserable and drug, alcohol, suicide statistics bear this out.)

But who really “hates” the homosexual, and who truly “Loves ” them? Those who practice the new tolerance actually hate the homosexual, by condemning them to this “Lifestyle”, affirming them in that which is sterile, deadly, filthy and which debases and kills the conscience. This kind of “acceptance” is deadly.

Those who truly love the homosexuals are the ones who tell them in the name of the Lord, that God has something better for them than that, and that they are responsible beings who must give account for this distortion of God’s prophetic institution of marriage, and that change is entirely possible and so is forgiveness.

This new toxic tolerance has even seeped into the evangelical christian church. There are those who have been embarrassed by the teaching of Jesus and the Apostles and Prophets of the Bible against Sodomy. They would gain cheap points with the world for being “compassionate” over against those “judgmental religious hypocrites” who dare to speak truth in love to this generation.

This is how Christians are consistently betraying one another and their Lord, by posing as the “tolerant loving christians”, over against the faithful witnesses to truth in our time.

We must ruthlessly call this heresy out for what it is, a perversion of the Biblical teaching of love which is based on truth and a revelation of the Holy God. Real Love isn’t humanistic “tolerance” , it is Holy, and upholds the Truth of God. Love hates evil and rejoices in the Truth.

The ironic thing about the new tolerance, is that it only runs one way. Be aware that those who once pleaded for “tolerance” for homosexuals, Islam, atheism,abortion and pornography, etc, will prove to be so intolerable of christians that they will one day soon persecute us without mercy .

I close with a beautiful quote from Dorothy Sayers, which is linked to a good article on a blog called  religiopoliticaltalk.com,

“In the world it is called Tolerance, but in hell it is called Despair, the sin that believes in nothing, cares for nothing, seeks to know nothing, interferes with nothing, enjoys nothing, hates nothing, finds purpose in nothing, lives for nothing, and remains alive because there is nothing for which it will die.”(Dorothy Sayers)

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15 Responses to The New Tolerance is Cruel

  1. Ali says:

    Love is not the absence of truth – but truth spoken in love. Failure to speak of Jesus as The Way, The Truth and The Life to a Muslim, Jew, Mormon. Jehovah Witness, Catholic or…. and you fail to love.

    Love Enough to Care – Love Enough to Dare.!!…

  2. Tolerance is only one-sided with the Left.
    As for “gay” – I also see they are not at all happy in that lifestyle and don’t use that word except for brevity, and even then I put quotes around it = “gay.” However, homosexual isn’t good either; that is an adjective, not a noun. They have turned it into a noun to make it more palatable. I refuse to call them that. I say they are people who practice homosexual behavior.

    I think it’s very important that we take back control of the language:
    http://sanityinanupsidedownworld.blogspot.com/2010/07/words-are-power.html

    • billrandles says:

      Right again Glen, Steyn is right on about the difference between a percerse act, and a whole identity, that is a good insight. What a spiritual battle we are in !

    • PlatinumBeetle says:

      “I think it’s very important that we take back control of the language:”
      I agree whole heartedly. You can not let the enemy make the rules and then be surprised when you don’t win. We need to stop letting our culture frame the debate. Not just on this issue but on all of them.

  3. charlie hodge says:

    You can have truth without love, but you cannot have love without truth. Today we believe that telling someone the truth is hate. We in the west don’t understand love or tolerance.
    Pro 27:5 Open rebuke is better than secret love.
    Pro 27:6 Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.

  4. julie says:

    Wow what a great post. And great insights in the comments too. I find that the most “tolerant” folks are usually in reality the least tolerant of all. They hate everybody who doesn’t agree 100% with them and applaud their behavior and ideas. They have no idea what the word tolerance originally meant. You guys have well pointed out that they take control of words and twist them to the point of meaninglessness. In the very act of their so called tolerance, they have completely missed true tolerance!

    In order to be Christlike, we must come with biblical truth. Jesus came to bear witness to the truth. The truth about God, the truth about Himself, the truth about us, the truth about the way of salvation.

    Jesus answered (Pilate), “Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.” Pilate saith unto him, “What is truth?” And when he had said this, he went out again unto the Jews, and saith unto them, “I find in him no fault at all.” John 18:37-38

    Note Pilate, the post-modern – what is truth? Then as now, truth is up for grabs.

    • billrandles says:

      Thanks Julie-I couldn’t have said it better than myself-You are also right in saying that the comments are just as insightful-Shalom-Pas Bill

    • PlatinumBeetle says:

      “You guys have well pointed out that they take control of words and twist them to the point of meaninglessness.”
      This reminds me of how the new atheists are trying to redefine both atheism and agnosticism.

  5. Rev Mathew Andersen says:

    “I am trying to break the habit of calling them “Gay”, I don’t accept the premise, they aren’t “gay” they are miserable and drug, alcohol, suicide statistics bear this out.”

    While this is true, it is only half the truth. Having had contact with literally hundreds of homosexually tempted Christians who believe that same-sex intercourse is wrong, I can confidently state that those who remain in the Church and hold on to the truth of the Bible but who, for one reason or another, are unable to change their attractions have a far higher rate of depression, guilt, loneliness and suicidal thoughts than those who enter the gay subculture. So, yes, the gay lifestyle is dangerous and miserable. But for many, the Christian lifestyle is far more miserable and lonely.

    Those who stay in the Church do so because of faith that one day God will take the misery away. But here on earth they feel attacked and abandoned by those very people who “spoke the truth in love” to them – other Christians. If this were merely a matter of hurting because of fighting the flesh, that would be one thing. But it is not. Far far too many pastors and Churches talk about forgiveness and fellowship but then withhold it from those who need it the most. I have talked to far too many homosexually tempted Christians who made the mistake of confessing their struggle to their pastor only to be subsequently treated like an unwanted dog. Of course, very few do dare open up to the pastor. A recent study among Christians college students who face this temptation found that the pastor was the very last person such a person would talk to. (These were Christians young people who themselves believed homosexual behavior to be a sin) And there was a good reason they were afraid of their pastor – they heard only anger preached at homosexuals and absolutely no real forgiveness – as is demonstrated by this very blog post.

    There is a reason why the gay subculture is often called “the unwanted stepdaughter of the church” by those ministries who strive to help homosexually tempted believers. The primary motivation to the gay life style is NOT the allure of gay culture or behavior but the sense that the majority of churches would rather tell the homosexually tempted believer to go to hell then come to church.

    If you actually take time to talk to homosexuals you will hear only a minority say that they chose to act on their temptations because of pro-gay propaganda. Interestingly enough, most of those I have had contact with who do say the gay lifestyle lured them in tend to be women. (there is some speculation that this is because women tend to form sexual attractions based on relationships while men, in contrast tend to form relationships based on attraction) You will, however, find that a majority of those who left Christianity who will say that they chose to enter the gay lifestyle because they believed the Church did not want them anyway.

    One of my best friends from high school is in the gay lifestyle and pretty active politically in gay causes. I have heard him say more than once, “I wonder if things would have been different for me if anyone had ever told me they cared about me.”

    I was talking a few months ago to an ex-gay pastor who does evangelism at gay pride events. He said it was sad how many guys came up to him and said something along the lines of “I know what I am doing is wrong. I know the liberal church I am attending is lying to me. But the conservative churches don’t want me anyway. So what am I supposed to do?”

    No I don’t believe Christians hate homosexuals. But we have made the grave error of thinking that “speaking the truth in love” means speaking truth while feeling love instead of speaking both truth and love. As a consequence, we find vitriolic, angry posts like this one that chastise the “tolerance” of others but say nothing about the cross or forgiveness, offer no compassion or fellowship and in which the author seems completely blind to the log in the eye of the Church while whining about the reluctance of other to removes the splinter from theirs.

    It is convenient to blame modern culture, pro-gay politics, the schools, or the media for the growth of homosexuality and their anger at the Church. And each of these have certainly played their part

    But the biggest single responsibility for the creation of the crisis we now face lies at the feet of a Christian culture which for decades has spoken and the truth but without love – or, at least, with a love that is, at best, conditional.

    • billrandles says:

      Dear Reverend Anderson, thanks for your comments to my article. I do take exception to some of your comments, but on the whole I appreciate the obvious compassion you have towards homosexuals, within and without the church.
      I will put your words in bold and try to respond to those comments-

      While this is true, it is only half the truth. Having had contact with literally hundreds of homosexually tempted Christians who believe that same-sex intercourse is wrong, I can confidently state that those who remain in the Church and hold on to the truth of the Bible but who, for one reason or another, are unable to change their attractions have a far higher rate of depression, guilt, loneliness and suicidal thoughts than those who enter the gay subculture.
      So, yes, the gay lifestyle is dangerous and miserable. But for many, the Christian lifestyle is far more miserable and lonely.

      Of course the “conflicted” Christian lifestyle is going to be difficult. It should be for all christians because all of us struggle with sins, and fail to live up to our own convictions to some extent,this should lead to empathy with the rest of the sinners. Entering the so called “gay Lifestyle” would temporarily relieve one of the pressure, just as going back to bars and taverns would temporarily relieve those who struggle with addiction to alcohol. What does that prove?

      Those who stay in the Church do so because of faith that one day God will take the misery away.

      That is my faith as well, that one day I will no longer have to struggle against sin.

      But here on earth they feel attacked and abandoned by those very people who “spoke the truth in love” to them – other Christians. If this were merely a matter of hurting because of fighting the flesh, that would be one thing. But it is not. Far far too many pastors and Churches talk about forgiveness and fellowship but then withhold it from those who need it the most.

      Should the Christian church alter it’s message on homosexuality then? Of course we should all be loving and forbearing, but because I tell the truth about homosexuality I’m attacking people?

      I have talked to far too many homosexually tempted Christians who made the mistake of confessing their struggle to their pastor only to be subsequently treated like an unwanted dog. Of course, very few do dare open up to the pastor. A recent study among Christians college students who face this temptation found that the pastor was the very last person such a person would talk to. (These were Christians young people who themselves believed homosexual behavior to be a sin) And there was a good reason they were
      afraid of their pastor – they heard only anger preached at homosexuals and absolutely no real forgiveness – as is demonstrated by this very blog post.

      Reverend Anderson, You are improperly judging me by saying I am demonstrating anger against homosexuality in my post. Ironically you illustrate the point I was trying to make, in my call for the demonstration of true love to homosexuals, You accuse me of being angry at people that I love.

      There is a reason why the gay subculture is often called “the unwanted stepdaughter of the church” by those ministries who strive to help homosexually tempted believers. The primary motivation to the gay life style is NOT the allure of gay culture or behavior but the sense that the majority of churches would rather tell the homosexually tempted believer to go to hell then come to church.

      I reject the premise in this last paragraph. There is nothing scriptural about it. The Bible discusses the reasons for homosexuality and the church is not made responsible for any of them. The “primary motivation” to the gay lifestyle is definitely NOT laid at the feet of the church in scripture.

      If you actually take time to talk to homosexuals you will hear only a minority say that they chose to act on their temptations because of pro-gay propaganda. Interestingly enough, most of those I have had contact with who do say the gay lifestyle lured them in tend to be women.

      You wrongly assume I don’t “take the time to talk to Homosexuals”. I know homosexuals, I have spent a lot of time talking to them, praying with some of them, and lovingly forbearingly encouraging them in the struggle against sin.

      You will, however, find that a majority of those who left Christianity who will say that they chose to enter the gay lifestyle because they believed the Church did not want them anyway.

      Those who left Christianity? You mean those who departed from Christ himself? As Proverbs 18:1 teaches, people leave for their own reasons, but ultimately it is because they reject wisdom. Once again the church gets the blame. I thought people came to Christianity because they wanted to cling to JESUS, I didn’t now it was all about how welcome the church made them feel.

      One of my best friends from high school is in the gay lifestyle and pretty active politically in gay causes. I have heard him say more than once, “I wonder if things would have been different for me if anyone had ever told me they cared about me.”

      Jesus cared about him so much he died for him. Isn’t that enough?

      I was talking a few months ago to an ex-gay pastor who does evangelism at gay pride events. He said it was sad how many guys came up to him and said something along the lines of “I know what I am doing is wrong. I know the liberal church I am attending is lying to me. But the conservative churches don’t want me anyway. So what am I supposed to do?”

      Biblical churches want anyone who is struggling with sin, regardless of the temptation. But they don’t want people (rightly so) who intend to continue practicing the homosexual lifestyle, and they shouldn’t.

      No I don’t believe Christians hate homosexuals. But we have made the grave error of thinking that “speaking the truth in love” means speaking truth while feeling love instead of speaking both truth and love. As a consequence, we find vitriolic, angry posts like this one that chastise the “tolerance” of others but say nothing about the cross or forgiveness, offer no compassion or fellowship and in which the author seems completely blind to the log in the eye of the Church while whining about the reluctance of other to removes the splinter from theirs.

      I am sorry that you characterise my post as “vitriolic, angry”, and void of the cross or forgivness. Actually reverend, my blog is all about the cross and forgiveness. It so happens that this article is a call to reject worldly tolerance , for Christian love.

      It is convenient to blame modern culture, pro-gay politics, the schools, or the media for the growth of homosexuality and their anger at the Church. And each of these have certainly played their part

      I don’t do so out of convenience, but out of a sincere love of the truth, and a love for this generation, God knows, even if you don’t. Characterise it as you want Reverend. But I don’t justify the Homosexual’s anger at the church, their anger is really at God, the church is just the convenient scapegoat.

      But the biggest single responsibility for the creation of the crisis we now face lies at the feet of a Christian culture which for decades has spoken and the truth but without love – or, at least, with a love that is, at best, conditional.

      There you go again, Reverend, blame the christians. Does God tell us in scripture that homosexuality is the fault of the church? Is there even a hint of this in Romans 1, I Cor 5 or any passage that deals with this important subject? How would you know that the church created this mess?
      Do you distinguish yourself from the church, as if to say, “they are the bad , mean, hateful ones, but we are the true “unconditional lovers”!

      I would welcome some feedback Reverend, thanks again for your comments-pas Bill

      • PlatinumBeetle says:

        Your both right. Same-sex acts are wrong. There are people who are predisposed to this particular sin. Because it’s a sexual sin the temptation can be overwhelming and the guilt devastating. Many church members do in fact hate homosexuals. Human beings are social animals and we need community. If you are pushed out of a bible-believing church there is nowhere else to go but to the world. A special hatred for people caught in this sin exists and by saying that it is wrong while leaving out the specifically Christian issue of forgiveness you are enabling that legalistic attitude – quite unintentionally I’m sure. We are caught between a rock and a hard place, there are very few leaders willing to both acknowledge the sin as sin and tell people they must stop and simultaneously be willing to accept them as people and show them kindness. The litmus test for the sincerity of our faith, which is founded on a message of God’s mercy, is how we as individuals and a church deal with those sinners who we find personally offensive. If we are hurt or disgusted by someone’s sin but show kindness and offer forgiveness anyway then perhaps we will begin to understand how God feels about us. Mercy goes only to those who deserve no mercy.

  6. julie says:

    Rev Anderson, every single Christian could say the same thing, no matter their sin or difficulty. At some point in the Christian life they faced rejection by other Christians. Whether because they opened up about sins in their life, because of their ongoing difficulties, or over a theological issue, etc. Every one who has been a Christian for any length of time has had a painful thing or two to face in their life, and that from other Christians. If we are honest we need to confess that we too have fallen short in our dealings with others.

    But as Pastor Randles rightly asks: does that drive us from Jesus Christ? Do we go to church to be affirmed by people, or because we love the Lord and we want to worship Him? Do we go to church in obedience and love to Christ, to hear His w0rd preached and to commune with Him in Spirit and truth? Are we going so that we can obey His word by remembering His sacrificial death in the wine and bread? Or are we going because of ourselves or others? The true Christian will persevere in faith and will continue to go to church. Not because every encounter with other Christians is pleasant, but because they love the Lord. Not because they are perfect and know they will never fail another person, but because they love the Lord.

    The church has its problems because it is made up of sinners. But it is still the Body of Christ. Jesus loves His church warts and all. And so will a Christian, even when it fails him at times. Those who leave and never return show that they didn’t belong to us in the first place. 1 John 2:19

    • AJ Massia says:

      I don’t believe that. I know Christians that have walked away from the Lord or give up on church altogether because of being told by other Christians that they’re not saved if they feel or think a certain way.
      I have had experiences with Christians that run around telling young children that they are going to hell if they don’t come to Christ and scare the pants off of those kids.
      Are you saying that we should accept the fact that people are very self centered no matter what they call themselves.
      What gives anyone the right to lead people to Christ and then abandon them when they’re at that their most vulnerable.
      Does Christ not say, “It is better for man to have a stone around his neck and be throne into the depths than for him to hurt one of the little children.”

  7. Paul Song says:

    Thou shalt not hate thy brother in thine heart:
    thou shalt in any wise rebuke thy neighbour,
    and not suffer sin upon him.
    – Lev 19:17

    The Bible plainly teaches us that it is really the one who refuses to rebuke his neighbor of his sin who practices hatred. Jesus said, “But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him to have a heavy millstone hung around his neck, and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.” So we’re not doing anyone a favor by allowing someone to continue in his sin.

    When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die;
    and thou givest him not warning,
    nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life;
    the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity;
    but his blood will I require at thine hand.
    – Ezekiel 3:18

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