Article by Dr. Joe McKeever and revisited by CB
Recently an individual was sent a magazine, “Teaching Tolerance,” a publication for schoolteachers. The cover article dealt with the integration of a High School in Little Rock fifty years after the event. Inside, teachers share their stories of teaching respect and tolerance for “those different from us” in their classrooms. It seems to be a good magazine. Emphasis on “seems”.
Evangelical Christians know about tolerance. We get blasted with reminders to be tolerant from every side. In almost every case, the speaker or teacher or critic urges us not to share our faith in Jesus Christ with others, since everyone has their own religious identity and to witness to them is to disrespect that.
What has happened to getting our religious identity straight from God. Are we all going to sustain ourselves on our own planet and go to our own heaven.
We’ve come to distrust a lot of teaching on tolerance. The last thing we want taught to our children in schools is that all religious differences are superficial, that all faiths are equally good and equally right, and thus to be accepted and honored. Listen to some tolerance-advocates and you would come away with the impression that the only difference between the religious faiths of Osama Bin Laden and Billy Graham is that the former didn’t practice what he said he believes.
On the surface, tolerance sounds so right, and properly understood and practiced, it is indeed needed. If you have been exposed to a taste of intolerance, believe me, one taste will last you for a lifetime.
Jesus Christ said, “You shall know the truth and the Truth shall set you free.” (John 8:32) Now, it might be news to the editors around the land who often choose this line for their masthead, but Jesus was not talking about the latest news on Paris Hilton or even the latest doings of Obama or the highest court of the land.
He was talking about Himself.
“I am the way, the truth, and the life.” Jesus said. (John 14:6)
As if to leave no doubt on that subject, Jesus next words were: “No one comes to the Father except through me.”
Jesus is the only way, the only truth, the only Christian life.
If that is intolerant, then so be it. But I believe it not to be intolerant. The truth is the truth is the truth. It is in every field of endeavor in the universe, including this one. No matter what political correctness or personal demeanor calls for or demands from us, Bible-believing Christians believe in Jesus Christ and His teachings. Therefore, we must tell others the good news about Jesus Christ.
To be sure, there are right ways and wrong ways to go about sharing the Gospel, a word literally meaning “good news.” Our goal should always be to practice the very Christlikeness we so admire in the Lord Jesus Himself, whose words were gracious, whose deeds were wonderful, and whose love was on display before the world. That message is the truth, and people all over the planet are desperately in need of it.
Only in one area, false religious faith, do we take our brain and suspend our judgment and come to such foolish, fallacious conclusions that all religions are the same, they’re all equally good, and all are to be respected and honored. All sciences are good since they have elements in common. All physics are sound. All forms of mathematics are equally valid. All techniques of surgery are successful. All cooking methods produce great food. All teaching styles are ideal for children.
Tell that to the young children who are about to be sacrificed to the Incan gods in the river below. Tell it to the child being offered to the fire god of the Old Testament, Moloch. Tell it to the primitives of remote tribes even today whose god is a rag on a stick or the belch of the volcano or the polluted river flowing past their village. Tell it to the families of the victims of the terrorists of 911. Tell it to the families of the beheaded journalists who served in Iraq and Syria and to the families of those who were burned to death or beheaded by Islamist Rebels.
Respect people who practice other religions? Absolutely. Treasure these people.
Then go one step further: Give them the truth if they will hear it.
Always keep Jesus in your heart and on your mind.
God is testing us every day and has given us the right to make our own choices. Do you know which ones are the right choices in Gods mind?
Fear God, love God, honor God, and trust God with all your heart, mind and soul and you will receive and experience the joy of the promises of God’s blessings in His time.
Prayer: Father in heaven, I praise You for Your Son and the Holy Spirit. I praise You for Your grace in sending us Your wisdom “About Tolerance and Faithfulness.” Please bless all those who have read this article for they too are seeking Your truth.
May God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit and Christianity be our guiding lights for eternity. Let it be Your will Lord not mine. Please come Lord Jesus.
I pray in Jesus sweet name and to His glory through the power of the Holy Spirit,