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Tolerance

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Ask the Holy Spirit to show you how to be tolerant of people you disagree with while never affirming evil.

"Who is wise? He will realize these things. Who is discerning? He will understand them. The ways of the Lord are right; the righteous walk in them, but the rebellious stumble in them." (Hosea 14:9 niv)

We hear it often today that we should all become more tolerant and less judgmental. Tolerance, taken in its intended form, is indeed a virtue. It means the acceptance of others who approach life in a different way.

But in its current state, tolerance has become the supreme virtue for the politically correct gestapo. It has been redefined as an obligation to affirm all sorts of immoral behavior. Everything is to be accepted, and to feel otherwise makes you—gasp!—judgmental. Americans are so afraid of being labeled as intolerant or judgmental that we have warped into a society with few boundaries.

William Bennett addressed this misuse of the word judgmental when he said, “Without being judgmental, America would never have put an end to slavery, outlawed child labor, emancipated women, or ushered in the civil rights movement. Nor would we have prevailed against Nazism and Soviet communism, or known how to explain our opposition.”

Do not let the “PC police” define your core ethical standards. Tolerance is about showing respect and fairness to all people with whom we disagree while affirming what God says is evil and not calling it good. When in doubt, go to the Word, focus on Jesus’ life and teachings, and ask the Holy Spirit to show you how to be tolerant of people you disagree with while never affirming evil.

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