Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Tolerance vs. Timeless Truth

A little while back, I happened to catch an interview of John McCain on the Ellen Degeneres Show. She is a Lesbian, and asked McCain what he thought about gay marriage. He simply stated he believed marriage is between a man and a woman, exclusively.
She told him that that was "old thinking". She wanted him to be "tolerant", but was she tolerant of his "old thinking"?
At any rate, he could have pointed this discrepancy out, or he could have said, "It's not "old thinking," it's ancient thinking! The first institution was marriage. Adam and Eve. God created it that way. As a matter of fact, Martin Luther (500 years ago) believed that the celibate priesthood and the monastic life enforced on men and women by the Catholic church was a great sin. God loves sex between a man and a woman, and he loves the institution of marriage. He made this institution before he created Israel, the church, or even Abraham.
Although men and women who are gay consider this intolerant, what about their rejection of God's institution? It is the rejection of his created order, and in effect, an open rebellion against their Creator.
But back to the point at hand; Tolerance is a more important value in this country than truth. When gang members are excused for their crimes because of their upbringing, this is tantamount to enabling. The "tolerant" people feel sorry for the perpetrators of crime more than the victims. They protest the death penalty because it's cruel. At least criminals who receive the death penalty have the opportunity to restore their relationship to God. They didn't give their victims that consideration when they killed them.
It is the unfortunate situation that tolerance breeds enabling, victimizing, apologizing for evil, and in actuality, intolerance of those who call it as it is. They don't want to be held responsible for their choices and actions and they want to protect others from this accountability.
I am sorry that this is not a more gospel-centered article. In the end, I am a sinner. The Gracious God of the Universe revealed this too me, and forgives me even now, not because I am so good, but because He is! He loves us and gave himself for us. He died for Criminals, enablers, "the tolerant" and Chrisitans.


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