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.
This is the first of what I hope to be many thoughts based on my Question of the day. Facebook is a fun place to play, some get serious as all and some keep it light. I personally play the middle I guess, I love to have fun and share things but I also have convictions that I believe in and I’m not shy to express those convictions or opinions.
This is what I call Thoughts of the day answering my Question of the day, mind you it’s a few days off so as to give everyone a chance to view and express their opinion of the question of the day.
If you have missed any of my questions of the day feel free to go to myFB pageand scroll down and give your opinion, I don’t add my opinion, I’m not there to argue my opinion at that point it’s your chance to express your opinion and thoughts, go ahead and argue away the goal for me is just to collect data from everyone to see what people think out there in reality land.
My first question I posted had no replies and that might have been based on the day and the subject of the question. Some of my news or lot of my news comes from conservative outlets like BreitbartCharisma, BarbWire and the Washington Times much of that news is never covered by the main stream media like NBC, CBS and Fox so I suspect this is why no one bothered to answer the question and it was rather written in way so as to have a twist agenda.
My question was“Is the fact Tim McGraw playing at a gun control concert similar to having him say I’m not for socialized economic equality but I think minimum wage should be $20.00?”
For those of you not understanding what has been going on is McGraw has been called out for his decision for playing at the Sandy Hook Promise gun control fundraiser. McGraw says he’s not for gun control but is singing to raise money for the families of Sandy Hook but he’s raising money for the group Sandy Hook Promise which is a gun control group.
McGraw wants it both ways, he wants to help by jumping in with a gun control group but does not want to be labeled as associated with gun control.
A twitter post that I viewed brought up a good point, most conservatives own guns or are for non gun control and most conservatives enjoy and buy country music so you can see McGraw would want to make a distinction of what his intentions are. I feel McGraw has been Holywoodized and falls for leftist causes.
So my other question added to the first was is this not the same as if McGraw was saying he is not for socialized economic equality but thinks minimum wage should be $20.00. On one end you say no I’m not for socialism but I think we need to make everyone’s pay more equal.
Both questions are hot beds right now, gun control is always a hot topic with leftist and conservatives and my opinion is it’s based on freedom. The second amendment says we have a right to carry, no control we have a right to bear arms. Leftist say they want choice but won’t give us real choice unless it fits their needs.
Minimum wage is for entry level jobs, the idea of setting a minimum for wage is not freedom its regulation and bondage. Should not I determine what my value is and if I hire somebody should not that somebody have their right to determine their value as well?
The idea of increasing minimum wage based on the fact that one cannot make a living on it is not a smart idea at all. Most entry level jobs pay less and are mainly consumed by high school and some collage they were never meant for a person to make a living on that job but just to makes small ends meet or as they say pocket change or spending money.
We see more and more retirees working in fast food and retail stores but that is mainly to supplement their retirement since commodities that need to be purchased to live from day to day are becoming over priced based on what. Based on high pay for low skilled work, it’s hypocritical for the folks that want to raise minimum wage based on “you can’t live on it” and then expect to increased taxes on people that they feel make too much money.
We are not equal people we are valued differently some are better than others otherwise we all would be wearing Super Bowl rings like Joe Montana.
If the current minimum wage is not enough then what is the magic number? Why not raise it to $50.00 an hour or maybe $60K a year, is that enough or do we need more. Why not 100K a year for everyone, no more no less; now what kind of country do think we would be living in then?
A question that keeps popping up now and then when our President seems to overwhelming give Islam a pass for everyday atrocities while questioning the legitimacy of Christians and Christianity.
So is President Obama a Christian, I do not think he is and if I’m wrong then the President can make his case and prove those of us that feel this way why we are incorrect.
Why can I say no he’s not a Christian, what gives me the right to say this and if the President is not a Christian is he Muslim?
I do not believe our President is Muslim as well, I think he has strong ties and sympathy to Islam but does not practice Islam I believe our President is strong leftest Atheist.
Obama’s father was Muslim as was his grandfather and those are two figures spent a good amount of time in Obama life. His step father was Atheist and he helped raise Obama in his very young youth.
Yes Obama did have drive otherwise there is no way he would have become President but I think the President is somewhat of a lazy man and to take the time and effort to know and practice Islam is something Obama probably would not make time for, golf is very important.
Understanding that Obama’s father was a Muslim he also was a socialist and as we can see by how Obama views the way America should be makes it easy to suspect that our President is a socialist himself. If you understand socialist then you know they tend to embrace the atheist point of view when politics is involved.
I believe Obama was raised an atheist, has strong ties to Islam with his father and grandfather but adding his socialist ideology he never stopped believing in the atheist ideas and it’s an easier way to live a life since atheism is meaningless.
Fast forward to Obama coming to America and going to college, the two collages that he attend Harvard Law and Columbia are very liberal progressive fitting his socialism and atheist views. But he would will have a hard time running for political office with Islamic ties and an atheist ideology so what do you do? Get referred to Reverend Jeremiah Wright, say Wright converted you from Islam and your good everyone loves a good conversion story.
Problem with this is the truth, Wright pastor of the UCC in Chicago is not the kind of pastor that preaches conversion and salvation but rather divides people by race, color and class. If you voted for Barack Obama because he was converted to Christianity well I’m sorry to say you fell for a lie.
Misquotes, yes Obama misquotes God’s word quite often as a matter fact every time he tries to quote the Bible he gets it wrong.
The latest slam on Christianity has Obama telling the world the Christians of today are no better or worse than Islam because of the crusades that took place over 900 years ago I guess he forgot about the reformation age of the church oops Obama did it again.
No Christian with a heart that has been saved by God’s Grace misquotes the Bible over and over again without asking for forgiveness. No Christian that has been saved by God’s grace would condemn his fellow man of something that took place over 900 years ago.
Even if you were not really a Bible pounding Christian like many of our former Presidents before but have expressed their belief in God don’t sympathize with a religion that is opposite of the religion you claim to believe in.
No I do not believe president Obama is a Christian, I don’t think he believes there is a God. I think he has made deals and sympathies with Islam for whatever reason but I have a feeling our President is an atheist that is willing to do whatever it takes by pandering to Christians when it needs to be done and pander to Muslims when that needs to be done all to further his socialist agenda.
As of last week NBC’s world news anchor man Brian Williams has been caught in a lie from his 2003 Iraq Helicopter incident and now more possible lies have come to light. From having rockets fired under his helicopter in Israel, being in the Katrina flood in New Orleans and working in the White House during the Carter administration Williams is now under question whether any of these events truly happened the way they were told.
Proverbs 12:17 An honest witness tells the truth,but a false witness tells lies.
Why does this matter you might think so what if he spun some half truths to make the story a bit more exciting who wants to hear from a hum drum reporter.
Well it does matter, truth matters as the customer we should expect NBC to report the truth, I know that’s a stretch but a free press should be a responsible press
Yes truth matters, if we wanted half truth stories then NBC should disclaimer the nightly news with Brian Williams, “this may or may not be truthful account of today’s news”
Proverbs 12:19 Truthful lips endure forever,but a lying tongue lasts only a moment.
In my opinion NBC News and Williams are walking a fine line of dishonesty and truth. Williams works for NBC and represents the network no matter where he is and what he does, that’s the responsibility you take on when you report the world news every night to potentially everyone in America
Proverbs 19:5 A false witness will not go unpunished,and whoever pours out lies will not go free.
Will NBC and Williams continue to tell tall tells, will NBC allow half truths in the newsroom well that might just be entirely up to you the viewer.
It’s coming, the holidays are coming soon; only a few weeks till Thanksgiving and then one month to Christmas. Some look forward and some look away with “let’s just get this over with” which one are you. For those of you looking forward to the holidays but not looking to sitting down with family that does not respect or appreciate your views on life I get it. I use to every once in awhile have to sit down with grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins that view everything I held dear as complete nonsense or idiotic so I get it.
Something we kind of grin and bear it knowing somebody is going to bring up politics or religion, everyone knows you don’t talk about politics or religion at family functions but they do anyways. I started thinking of this based again off listening to a segment of the Glen Beck radio show, Beck in my mind is on the cutting edge of politics both conservative and progressive but not so much when it comes to religion and so so when you mix the two. He was making a remark the other day on how talking about religion and politics can foul a mood and damping a room and I completely agree with that especially when it comes to distant or odd family members that just don’t quite get it.
So what do you do or what do you and your spouse do when the company comes over or you’re invited to come to their house or maybe a neutral house but you know that one or two family members or friend of family will be there and will most certainly want to look for a debate. Do you just like I stated before just grin and bear it or if you get into the discussion try and deflect it and start another conversation say like sports. You can do that but I can pretty much guarantee that will not stop the conversation, you can choose not to participate but the discussion will happen with or without you.
If you’re like me you hate to see your believes trampled or scoffed at like it some terrible idea or disease. If you’re like me you can’t stand to see somebody just tell lies and misrepresent everything you believe in and in the name of just getting along you say nothing. You know how discussing politics and religion can get real messy, its two ideas that can be real vague and easy to convolute.
. Christianity can be measured by hot, warm or cold and politics can be defined by many words like dishonesty, blatant lie, republican, democrat, conservative or progressive and one hundred degrees in the middle so is it worth getting into is it worth it at all heck January will be here in one and a half months. You can sit on the sidelines and wait for it to be over and everyone goes home with nothing ever changed or you can defend your life and maybe just maybe something will stick in that family member’s brain and maybe they will think.
How do I do this how do I defend what I steak my life on, how can I speak truth without muddying up water. How do I get my point across on religion and how do I convey my politics without loosing the purpose of what I believe in.
Instead of jumping in the conversation first know your limits and understand who you are and what you believe. Instead of politics and religion look at these two subjects as you really look at them, God and country and do not deviates from that idea of discussion only talk about God and country.
Religion can be very messy and confusing to discuss but talking about God The God of the Angle Army is not. Talking about Jesus is very simple, salvation is very simple and God’s natural law the law morality is based on is just that very simple follow the Ten Commandments Exodus 20 and the two commandments Jesus gave Matthew 22 34-40.
Politics can and will be gray but keep your talk on country, what politics is doing to this country. What men and women both in politics and on the sidelines are doing to this country. We know what progressives stand for and we know what conservatives stand for but it’s those pesky moderates or independents that call themselves non partisan and they’re the ones that come to the holiday dinner to try and pick a fight. They may call themselves independent or moderate but we know they are progressive they are just trying to muddy the waters of reason and that is why you do not discuss politics with these folks you talk about country.
Progressive want to pin your conservatism down to you being intolerant or cold hearted but if you keep the talk on country on how our country is suffering with progressive ideas then you open minds up to thought. Consider this progressives feel conservatives are intolerant but they refuse to look at both sides because they know one side is moral and the other is not, one side is based on ethics and the other is not, one side is was the basis of the country and the other is not.
This country is founded on the concept of The God of the Bible not Mohammad, not Hinduism and not paganism. Our country is founded on God and his liberty he gives us, the liberty that allows us to follow him or follow something else. Country is not meant to found a religion but a place to worship a God and live a way of life that has no man or woman be able to take that away including a government. God requires us to worship him, not other Gods because there are no other Gods before him.
God never asked us to take a country but only to worship him and tell others about him. Religion is not The God it’s what we make of our worship and our country is not our government it’s a place we have to live free and practice worshiping our God and we cannot let anyone whether they be foreign or domestic take that away from us. When we allow people whether through a government or a society to regulate a way of life based on feelings and tolerance and when we changed the rule of law based on the same we lose our God and Country.
So this holiday look forward to seeing the family and in-laws, let them talk about politics and religion but if you engage keep it simple like God keeps his love simple like our founding father kept it simple. God and County, it’s something our society is losing and we need to bring it back.