We used to accept that tolerance was having different views to someone else but still being able to discuss these opinions in a respectful way. How times have changed, now tolerance has a definition, in fact the opposite thanks to a number of those on the Left.
Many on the Left have taken over this definition and now when they don’t agree with anything, they don’t attack your position, they attack you, typically with labels – homophobic, xenophobic, sexist, bigoted, racist – to name a few.
So tolerance has become intolerance, we have covered this sometime ago, but it is gradually getting worse. There used to be a time when people who didn’t agree with you would talk about you behind your back but now the openness of the attacks are shocking. Any restraint has now disappeared as groups of people quickly grow to oppose beliefs and label you whether it’s online or in public.
One example of this is when the US fast-food chain Chick-fil-A tried to open its first UK restaurant. Chick-fil-A is a family-owned chain who believe in Christian values e.g. they don’t open on Sundays. Once gay rights campaigners found they made donations to anti-LGBT groups (e.g. US Salvation Army) they called for boycotting the restaurant that resulted in their lease not being extended. This is only one example but there are many cases from baking cakes to printing cards.
We live in a time when there is no respect for other people’s beliefs. With many of the Left, if your opinion differs from theirs then you’re not allowed to have your opinion. No discussion, only an unpleasant exchange if you try to interact.
The redefinition of ‘tolerance’ is well explained by Greg Kokul in the video below for PragerU:
This certainly will not change for the better and Bible-believing Christian know this and will be ready.
“If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.” (John 15:18-19 NIV)
The path to stand with Jesus is a narrow path in the politically correct world we live in. We are called to take the higher ground and bless those who are intolerant to us. No matter how hard it will get
Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing. (1 Peter 3:9 NIV)
Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. (Romans 12:14 NIV)
We know that in everything we can trust in the Lord!