TO TOLERATE OR NOT
TOLERATION is the word of the day. The President says it. Newscasters say it. Church leaders say it. Problem is, they all seem to say it to Americans, who are probably the most tolerant people already on earth, and not to those to whom INTOLERANCE including harsh brutality is a way of life! It is tiring to be preached to by people who themselves have little tolerance. The President is extremely intolerant of those who disagree with him. Liberal Church leaders are very intolerant of those who believe the authority of the Word of God an the Diety of Christ. Newspapers are totally intolerant of real Christians and real moral positions. They need to preach to themselves! It would also do them well to preach to Islamic countries where there has NEVER been any tolerance worthy of the name.
If people want to condemn burning the Quran, which from what I have read of it is incoherent and not the least comparable to the time-tested and life-tested Bible, they should condemn burning the Bible and condemn the daily assaults against the Bible in college and school classrooms EVERY DAY. The Prez has mocked the Bible while talking about the HOLY Quran. If you read it, you will find it is anything but. However, since the Prez is obviously a functional Muslim at minimum, that figures. Worse, the Quran feeds subversion and inspires evil because it is evil! True Christians know that the angel that came to Mohammed was a Demon, just as the one that went to Joseph Smith. We are talking about the doctrine of Demons that we are supposed to tolerate.
No I have never burned a Quran or any other book for that matter, though I do pray daiiy against the demonic influence of Islam worldwide. Talk to ex-Muslims if you have any doubt about how evil that religion is. Despite lip service to Christ, it is an anti-Christ system of ideas that has caused untold heartache since its founding.
Is toleration a quality God admires? First let us see what the word really means. As with most words, there are shades of meaning. The first is to be willing allow something to happen or exist. The second is to withstand the unpleasant effects of something. When you go to toleration, you get the specific religious connotation. It is the official acceptance by a government of religious beliefs and practices different from those it upholds.
Since the United States government does not uphold any religious beliefs, it really does not apply to us. However, it DOES apply to Muslim Countries, as the concept of fairness is imbedded in that, and there is no fairness in Islam and Islam is as much a political system as it is a religion. It is totalitarian at its heart.
Let's look at Romans 2:3-5 (New International Version)
3So when you, a mere man, pass judgment on them and yet do the same things, do you think you will escape God's judgment? 4Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, tolerance and patience, not realizing that God's kindness leads you toward repentance?
We need to be mighty grateful that God has shown US tolerance. He could have just wiped us out, but he has not. He has taken so much effort to bring us to him. KINDNESS leads to repentance. Many Muslims are coming to Christ - they know we are Christians by our love. We were not given the sword. We are to be people of peace. Paul ad Peter and John confronted those of other faiths and tried to win them, but they NEVER attacked them orm ocked them. That is on a personal level.
When we go to a government level, it is different. Israel was not to tolerate evil and those who served other Gods. Governments do not bear the sword in vain, and their job is to maintain the safety of their citizens. They cannot tolerate or capitulate to evil or to blackmail as the Imam propagated just this week. America will not survive unless we say - control your people - if not they will pay the consequences. We are going to do what is right. God will support the righteous. To surrender to sinners only invites more distress and is historically indefensible. The governments of nations and the churches have a different responsibility from individuals. Individuals cannot tolerate sin and evil in their own lives- governments and churches cannot tolerate wickedness in their midst and must bear the sword as needed to please God.
Habakkuk 1:3 - Why do you make me look at injustice? Why do you tolerate wrong? Destruction and violence are before me; there is strife, and conflict abounds.
Habakkuk 1:13 - Your eyes are too pure to look on evil; you cannot tolerate wrong. Why then do you tolerate the treacherous? Why are you silent while the wicked swallow up those more righteous than themselves?
Revelation 2:2 - I know your deeds, your hard work and your perseverance. I know that you cannot tolerate wicked men, that you have tested those who claim to be apostles but are not, and have found them false.
But you have this in your favor: You hate the practices of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.
Our nation has tolerated so much evil, we could collapse as a nation in our lifetime. The church has tolerated so much evil and so much false doctrine that it has gone through precipitous decline an is largely irrelevant. I talk to a lot of people. Many have found it very hard to find a church that actually functions in a New Testament fashion with pure motives and Biblical authority without compromise. hey are VERY FEW and VERY FAR between.
All ideas are not equal. What people believe does matter.
We need to tolerate people as God does until the judgment but be intolerant to any ideas or practices that are alien to the Kingdom of God. God himself will bring intense judgment on all this at the end, but we must keep ourselves pure and keep the church pure. Change in the world comes through victory and conquest - that is the nature of things, for better or worse. That ihow God ULTIMATELY will rule the world. He is negotiating now, but man will largely remain at emnity and war with God, and GOd will wield the big stick. That is how Nazism was put down. That is how slavery was abolished. That is how Saddam was put down. Government moves against evil are supported by God. God is not a Neville Chamberlain. God is not politically correct, and just a "loving" sap, but rather is a loving but jJUST God that wants to see righteousness in the earth and will waste BILLIONS of people in order to bring that about. So tolerate people and seek to win them, but do not cry when the unrepentant are utterly destroyed by the fire out of the mouth of God.