Tolerance

“Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness” (Isaiah 5:20).

Tolerance is a virtue that is much appreciated in modern society. It is regarded as a proof of intelligence and of a spirit that is open to new ideas and opposed to the scourges of narrow-mindedness and racism.

There is, however, a form of tolerance that, for Christians, amounts to treason. It is noticeable when, for example, the Name of God is blasphemed or when Jesus Christ is dishonoured.

Α missionary working in India once wrote: “Tolerance has become so tolerant that it accepts evil.”

In the name of such tolerance people are prepared to accept a truth alongside what contradicts it. We seem not to realize what an affront it is to Christ to adapt His unalterable truth to our own personal feelings, thoughts and wishes.

Jesus Christ is the truth. And He Himself declares that the Bible, God’s Word, is the truth (John 14:6, 17:17, Matthew 5:18). He states that all have sinned and become liable for judgment. But He also confirms that He came to die on the cross to save sinners. God is intolerant towards evil. He can only condemn it. But He has condemned the evil that we have committed by forsaking Jesus on the cross, where He bore our sins. That is the basis on which He can receive us as His children. It is not founded on tolerance, but on His perfect justice.