by Christy Poindexter
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Tolerance is a seemingly innocent word but in these last days it has become a hostile opponent to the church and more importantly the Word of God. A word with so much potential behind it has gradually become tainted because some have used it out of personal perversion.
The things of God are indeed under attack. Many have used words like tolerance or acceptance as a Trojan horse to force their ungodly desires into the highest courts. They have blurred the definition of the Constitution which included verbiage meant to protect the freedom to practice one's faith as a means to silence anyone who believes in God. Recently I have even seen some who have boldly twisted the Scripture to make themselves feel more comfortable in sin.
"Judge not, that ye be not judged" some say. "Love vaunteth not itself or seeketh not her own" they say. And some of us fall for it. We think, "I can't very well talk about the mote in another man's eye when I have a beam in my own." Well what is proclaiming the gospel? Is it not truth? Speaking the truth in the Word is not pronounce judgement or condemnation. The Word brings conviction. Do we believe what we can "tolerate" in the Bible and ignore the rest? In the words of the Apostle Paul, "God forbid".
We have allowed the world to interpret scripture for us and because some of us have not studied for ourselves we take it laying down. Or allow the old, "that passage may not mean the same thing to me as it does to you" as a valid reason for catering to one's flesh.
One definition of tolerance is leeway for variation from a standard. Well what's your standard? Does it line up with God's?
There are countless groups, activists and caucuses that constantly campaign for what they believe is right. There are affinity groups for just about everything and no one seems to have an issue with most. There people who would rather fight against cruelty to chickens than stand for Christ and folks support them. But when we introduce GOD (with a capital G) suddenly we've got problems and saying Jesus is even worse. We as believers are the salt of the earth; we are a city set on a hill. We are vessels with voices ordained by God to declare His goodness and share His gospel with everyone who will hear.
Some say, we are supposed to love everybody. Ok, what is your definition of love? To show the love of Christ does not mean we have to accept any and everything the world throws at us. Agape is benevolent and does what is best for the recipient, not necessarily what feels good or what's pleasing at the time.
Today it is more acceptable to be a gay, fornicating atheist than it is to be a Christian. People feel sorry for adult dancers who can do better but choose to sell themselves to pay for college, we promote safe sex rather than abstinence and allow anything to be said and done on T.V. for the sake of "entertainment".
For centuries and now it seems more than ever, many have cried, "separation of church and state". And large portion of the church has hidden in timidity when it comes to fighting for what's truly right. It's funny we can come out and play when it was time to receive government funds but decided to retreat when the real battles began. Well it's time for every blood bought believer to come out of the closet! Time to burn our worldly brassieres and draw the picket lines! It's time to tear down the gates of hell. Not with hatred but with holiness. We have a voice; we have the authority and the power given by the highest authority in the land. If others are willing to do whatever it takes to fight for their unholy cause, how much more should the children of God, the servants of Jesus Christ whose name is above all names be willing to stand for Him?
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Wow - this is a passionate piece that I add my Amen to Christy! You will be on my favourites list!
A powerful, truthful article. Continue in this inspirational style.