When we moved to the lower region of South Carolina, it became our best friend. Driving on it was much faster than alternate routes.
Interstate driving has advantages. Multiple lanes allow for a freer flow of traffic. Speed limits are higher, allowing me to arrive at my destination quicker than if I drive on secondary roads where the speed limit is 55 mph. Interstates are also safer since multiple lanes and wide medians decrease the likelihood of head on collisions.
But interstates have their disadvantages too. Driving for miles on end without a break can become monotonous. And while the scenery is occasionally breathtaking, it usually doesnít compare with the sites observed on country roads and secondary highways.
Interstates represent tolerance and a broad way while secondary highways are restrictive and signify a narrow road. Jesus spoke about a similar scenario. You can enter Godís Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way (Matthew 7: 13 NLT).
To a degree, I enjoy tolerance. Variety is the spice of life. Whatever you want to do or believe is fine with me. After all, it doesnít really concern or affect me. Nice thoughts, but not ones that square with Godís Word. Politically correct but spiritually wrong.
While Iím commanded to love everyone-which sometimes involves a high degree of tolerance, God never directs me to indiscriminately adore and accept everyoneís actions. I love people, but I must judge their actions by the measuring stick of Godís Word. What is wrong is wrong whether I think it should be or notÖor whether it affects me or not.
Being politically correct might be popular, but when it takes me down the broad road of blind tolerance it always ends in destruction.
Prayer: Father, give us grace to love everyone but wisdom and courage to call wrong wrong even when itís not popular. www.lovelinesfromgod.com
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