Are Christians Intolerant? (2)

baby.jpg If tolerance is defined as a passive approval of all ideas, then Christians are forced to be intolerant by the strict parameters of politically correct speech. God’s people answer to a higher calling than the changing tides of culture. Therefore, conflict occurs when these two worlds collide.
“Modern man in his pluralistic society has put himself as his final authority, and curtails the facts to suit his needs. Religiously, people have decided that instead of being accountable to God, they would rather synthesize a ‘god’ out of the ‘best’ the world’s religions have to offer.”/1
Randomly selecting precepts from a variety of religions and doctrines allows men to find a semblance of religion while avoiding the difficult task of total submission to one God. Whether consciously or not, we can avoid all beliefs that will challenge the areas of our lives that we wish to protect. We can build a house that fails to account for huge gaping holes in the walls (Matthew 7:24-27).
We have an inner need for God (Revelation 3:20). Many people acknowledge God’s existence but find his presence conflicting with their fleshly desires. Fixing in their minds a morally neutral path, they arrange their beliefs so their inner need is appeased and their sinful activities can continue to be enjoyed.
“For example, the worship of angels is an ancient practice (Colossians 2:18). It has an appeal to those who would play with the box and discard the gift. The worship of angels provides the comfort and exhilaration of religion without the complications of commandments. Angels appear to ask nothing of us, so they provide a very enticing opportunity for those who wish to remain in their sinful lives, appear righteous and enjoy the thrill of spirituality.”/2
People will focus solely on the baby Jesus, for example, while ignoring the man, Jesus Christ. They cherish the infant because he asks nothing of them. Whereas the grown Jesus makes demands that fight against the very desires they wish to maintain.
“Claiming that every religious view is equally valid and worthy of celebration is nothing more than an absolute dogmatic assertion — the very thing, ironically, that people who claim to adhere to this view hold in such contempt.”/3
The denial of absolutes is very popular today. But it is not based in reality. Outback Steakhouse’s slogan, “No Rules, Just Right” is very catchy in its dismissal of absolutes. But do they really believe this? If we attempt to undress in the restaurant, molest their servers, refuse to pay the bill, throw food on the other patrons, or set fire to the building, then we will discover very quickly that they do indeed have rules they see as absolutes!
Those who deny absolutes actually do believe in them, albeit selectively. They may see war, pedophilia, and slavery as always being wrong. But they will tell Christians there are no absolutes. In truth, they don’t accept other’s absolutes, but cherish their own.
Truth does not work this way. The absolutes of God predate man and his situations and cultures (Psalm 119:89). His truths are pure and must be handled with immense respect. “Every word of God is pure; He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him. Do not add to His words, Lest He rebuke you, and you be found a liar” (Proverbs 30:5,6).

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