Last week I asked the question “Is tolerance disrespectful” and I got a few answers that are not fully direct like I thought they would be. My friend Bryan from So Cal said “tolerance was disrespectful only for yourself” and there is a lot of truth to that. Another FB friend Brenda said “If you do it on a daily basis for the same thing then yes you are being disrespectful“.
Now mind you the general idea of tolerance in the minds of Hollywood and the Left, tolerance is good and it’s what will save humanity from itself. Tolerance lets us get a long in spite of our differences.
I have to be honest I really never gave it a thought to what tolerance stood for, I probably felt you were being kind or compromising by tolerating a person, act or a situation. It was not until I was listening to Michael Ramsden an apologetics and evangelist that cleared it up for me.
Tolerance is disrespectful, Ramsden uses the west and it’s tolerance to Islam as an example. Islam sees the west as just tolerating its way of life, its religion and that does not sit well with Isamist.
Islam demands respect and when you tolerate them you are saying I don’t like you but you can still practice your religion and way of life but in reality I don’t care or respect you please don’t bother me.
Islam views this with great disrespect and it’s no wonder the west and Islam are at odds.
It’s a double edge sword no matter what decision the west makes they cannot win unless the west either quits extending its arms out to Islam or completely surrenders to Islam.
If they quit extending their arms out then they are at odds and war, if they surrender then the west is no longer the west and everything from technology to our religion changes.
Now it’s a tat bit different on a personal level, the loss of respect comes to you the tolerator over the tolerated.
We really don’t care for the person, situation, or whatever act is being done but we allow it or just don’t say anything because we are tolerating to keep the peace. I’m not disrespecting you to your face but you are to my face but I’ll deal with it to keep the peace.
If we are tolerating the person, situation or act that we feel is not satisfactory with what we believe in, in a way by not telling the truth we are disrespecting ourselves and our way of life. Do we do this as a one time thing out of respect or do it until it becomes a compromise?
Do we do tolerate to keep the peace or just be friendly, some would say never stop but do we keep tolerating even when the offensive destroys a way of morality and since the worlds definition of morality is so relative I will define morality as Biblical morality.
Should we be full on truthful and tell that someone or the situation we just don’t like it, them or what they do. Like my friend Brenda that said if you do it all the time you are being disrespectful and I agree but are you being more disrespectful to yourself than the person or thing you are tolerating?
Now I’m not saying we should be rude to everyone that we don’t agree with let me be clear, that is being disrespectful. With that said there are things that will affect us, or families and our way of life that cannot be compromised and if we keep on tolerating or compromising on these things and issues then you can expect to lose them in the name of tolerance.
When should truth take the stand, do we tolerate a crying baby in a movie theater and just wait the crying out to spare feelings?
Do we tolerate hate speech in the name of free speech, do we tolerate decisions made based on lifestyle in the name of personal freedom or do we tolerate and disrespect ourselves in the name of getting along. And if we do tolerate in the name of getting along do we have a limit on how much we tolerate or is it a given we tolerate everything no matter what we compromise.
When should truth take the stand, when your sense of morality is being broken in the name of freedom to do as I please?
Do we speak up when our rights are being questioned or taken away on the basis of fairness?
Do we speak up and tell the truth when we see our families forced to relearn or be a part of something that is morally objectionable to our way of life our moral upbringing or do we stay silent and disrespect ourselves so as our names and lives are not drag down in the mud of disrespectfulness to the offender.
If we are to believe tolerance is actually a good thing then we have to expect both sides to practice this good thing fairly.
If tolerance is a part of fairness and getting along then people that expect their way of life to be respected also need to respect the rest of society’s way of life and that includes the right to be for or against that way of life.
If we toss away morality, we toss away the Bible, God, and mans sinful nature for tolerance then we either practice fairness across the board or we prepare for all out war.
Either way if you stand for Biblical morality the Decalogue and not stand for tolerance and moral compromise then you can still expect all out war.
At the top I gave the liberal definition to tolerance and the way I see it that is not tolerance, what they define as tolerance is what I would call truth and respect of a difference of opinion or way of life.
The reason why they define it as tolerance, Leftist do not believe in truth they find that disrespectful.
I was listening to the Glen Beck show a few nights ago and Glen was talking about when he had called an evangelical pastor to interview for his TV show The Blaze. Now mind you I am a fan of Mr. Beck, I think he falls in the top 3 to 4 for best political conservative commentator out there and one of the smartest conservative political minds right now.
With that said Beck knows nothing about religion and further more his combined social religious understanding is more like an impulsive person having his attention dragged from one idea to another.
Mr. Beck went on to say he called the pastor to talk about becoming a guest on the TV show and the pastor wanted to make it known that he and Mr. Becks religious views are different and he wanted to make that clear in the interview.
Beck said that made him feel ill and continued to tell us the audience of the radio program that “all I wanted to say to that pastor was “are you that small to have to say that”. Why can’t we be united in love” I’m paraphrasing the united part because I listened to it December 10th and I am not a member of the Blaze radio so I have no audio to get the exact quote.
What Beck fails to realize is Christians that believe in The God of the Bible cannot compromise in their faith, not for a TV show not for anything we are different.
Now don’t believe for one minute that I think Mr. Beck was chastising this pastor or don’t believe I think Mr. Beck was being a lovey dovy hippie with his remarks. What Mr. Beck feels and thinks is that conservatives that have common ground need to unite and that I agree.
What Mr. Beck does not understand is that Christianity has one way John 3:16 and we cannot change or differ in that way. Yes we do have common ground with many groups and religions but our faith and the way salvation is obtained is only one way.
Now you might be thinking what evangelical pastor was Glen Beck talking about and to be honest I do not know. I do have speculations since there was only one well known evangelical pastor that the Blaze interviewed in November but again it’s only speculation on my part.
With that said in November Evangelical pastor Ravi Zacharias was interviewed on the Blaze. Before the interview Zacharias did have ” statement “or more of a pray request before he went on The Blaze.
After the interview Beck stated “Yes we do have differences but Ravi and I agree that the Lord Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world”.
I disagree, Jesus came to save us and give us the individual salvation not the world. Jesus said he would turn families against each other for believing in him something people just don’t always understanding especially living in America. Matthew chapter 10 versed 32-42
There has been a push by Pope Francis to unite other religions to help stop the poor and feed the hungry and again we cannot compromise on our faith. Mark 14:7Jesus is trying to make a point for the disciples to take advantage of Jesus being with them here and now but his statement is just more than that it is the truth we will always have the poor, sick and hungry this will never change and to compromise on our faith and water it down to unite with other religions is a big mistake Revelation 3:16.
Common ground is important, if we want to define our way of life here in America all of us have to know and understand our common ground.
I cannot expect the LDS to water down their faith and compromise nor the Muslim and do not expect me the Christian to do the same. We have common ground to be free and to worship God but Christians cannot compromise on the word of God and Jesus and we cannot compromise our way to salvation.