Great thought from Jason Cruise at www.bethemanministries.com
It is amazing thing to live in the day in which we do. A truly amazing time period in our nation's history as we live out what looks to be the slippery slope headed toward our becoming a nation that has lost it's ability to possess any level of common sense. We now blame "crime" on guns - which is the equivalent of blaming arson on matches. Our nation is working hard to celebrate same sex marriage - yet if that were God's plan for marriage then the human race would literally self-destruct out of simple inability to procreate.
One issue that so deeply permeates our present culture is the idea of tolerance.
Tolerance, by definition, is that you and I can peacefully coexist though we are two different people with polar opposite value systems. Yet that is not how tolerance is being practiced today.
Tolerance has now shifted in it's practical definition in that it has come to mean that you must fully embrace and totally endorse any form of value system, and if you do not, then you are a hateful, anti-intellect who lives in the squalor of bigotry. We are now raising future generations to believe that they have the right never to be offended. Here's the funny thing about this idea of tolerance ... those who preach it are the most intolerant group walking the planet! Those who preach tolerance demand that you be completely tolerant of their way of life, for if you are not, then you are boycotted and treated as if you are not worthy of the name "human being."
Here's the truth friend: God has never called you to be tolerant.
He has called you to be graceful. He has called you to be patient. He has called you to be loving. He has never, nor will He ever, call you to tolerate any belief system that seeks to destroy the very concepts of His identity and holiness. You do not have to be tolerant of any other "gospel" than that of Jesus Christ. You do not have to be tolerant of any form of alternative lifestyle that feeds on selfish sexual depravity. You do not have to be tolerant of any thing, in any form, that contradicts the absolute holy character of Holy God.
"... be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of lawless men and fall from your secure position. But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever!" 2 Peter 3:17-18