“And the sons of Issachar, men who understood the times, with knowledge of what Israel should do…” 1 Chronicles 12:32
Today, we live in an age where tolerance means something different than it used to mean. Traditional tolerance meant “recognizing and respecting (other’s beliefs, practices, etc.) without sharing them”. According to Josh McDowell, traditional tolerance meant “respecting and protecting the legitimate rights of others, even those with whom you disagree and those who are different from you.”
The concept of tolerance has change in our current times. Today, the new tolerance means that every person’s beliefs, values, and lifestyles no matter how sinful, pagan, or destructive is equally good and valid. Everyone has equal rights to his or her beliefs, but all beliefs are considered equal. This new tolerance exceeds respecting a person’s rights. It demands applause and approval of every person’s beliefs, values, and lifestyles no matter how much it disagrees with one’s own beliefs, values and lifestyle.
Under the thinking of the new tolerance, acceptance equals approval and approval equals acceptance. This is the reason why people reject the idea of hating the sin and loving the sinner (note that Jesus practiced hating sin and loving the sinner on a daily basis during His earthly ministry).
So when Christians in today’s world speak forth and advocate their values from the scriptures, they are confronted with the responses of the new tolerance where non-agreement is phobia, non-tolerance is bigotry, non-conformity is hate, conviction is fanaticism, creeds/prayers/symbols are discriminatory and persecution is justice (McDowell).
If in doubt, speak in the marketplace that you believe that homosexuality is a sin and see if you are not labeled homophobic or a bigot. Even the media uses those labels for those who embrace the biblical truth that it is sin in the sight of God.
I daresay that a portion of those who read this blog will label me as such. Am I a bearer of the truth or someone with a phobia?
As Election Day approaches, we need to assess our values and beliefs and vote accordingly. We need to understand the times in which we live just like the men of Issachar (1 Chronicles 12:32) and proceed in the light of that knowledge so we know what to do.
Something to think about…