These Excerpts were taken from an 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.
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. If you listen to some tolerance-advocates 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 isn’t practicing what 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 Congress from Washington, D.C.; 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.”
If that is intolerant, then so be it. But I know it is not. 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 calls for or demands from us, since-Bible-believing Christians believe, we must tell others the news about the new Testament of 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 of 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 family of the young Islamic girl that was dragged through the streets for wanting to go to school.
Respect people who practice other religions? Absolutely. Treasure these people.
Then go one step further: Give them all of the truth.
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 and the Holy Spirit. Please bless those who have read this article for they too are seeking Your righteous truth, love, wisdom and understanding.
May God, Jesus, The Holy Spirit and Christianity be our guiding lights, our safety nets and our inspiration for loving happiness in all of Your kingdom. Father into your hands I commend my spirit. Not my will, but Yours be done. Please come Lord Jesus.
I pray in Jesus sweet name and to His glory through the power of the Holy Spirit,