Our permissive, worldly culture preaches tolerance as a virtue. But we have allowed tolerance to erode the culture and the church. Today we tolerate divorce, adultery, drug and alcohol abuse, pornography, sin and more. We hear politicians caught in sin refer to it as an “error in judgment.” And we tolerate it. Billy Graham said our tolerant culture has sapped the church of conviction, drained our beliefs, and eroded our faith.
Think of people or groups who espouse broad-mindedness and an “anything goes” attitude. Blanket acceptance for any beliefs, behavior, doctrine, or truth. Tolerance implies willingness to compromise convictions and beliefs in the name of acceptance.
We live in a widely diverse society. The Church is diverse as well. Diverse in worship, traditions, music, beliefs, attire, convictions, missions, programs, congregations, facilities and people. The “Tolerate Myth” implies that we “put up with” those who think, act and believe differently from us. We don’t have to like them or associate with them. We tolerate them, even though, according to our particular beliefs, they are wrong. Rather than judge others as different, let’s seek to advocate for the Church’s common denominator–the life and love of Jesus Christ.
Jesus had a remedy for the tolerance myth,
Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:34-35