Against the ropes

Are Christians really biased, afraid and intolerant, as is often suggested?

These words, like “biased” and “intolerant,” are nothing but a boxing match of words, designed to do two things: (1) keep the Christian silent, and (2) keep the world angry at them.

In this boxing match, the Christian is cornered by his worldly opponent. So the Christian, knowing that he should defend his faith, steps forward and lands a blow; and his opponent, who has been swinging freely at him, steps back and cries “foul!” The referee (who is actually an insider for the opponent), comes in and warns the Christian that he’d better not do that again, or he’ll be penalized.

The Christian is against the ropes in a war of words. His opponent can swing all day and land cheap shots, but when he attempts to rationally contend for his faith, he is disqualified as a narrow-minded, intolerant hatemonger. If he seeks to disprove a false religion, he is a xenophobe, and so on. Some Christians get trapped in the corner by the fear of being labeled.

The truth is, Christians are fair, well-informed and tolerant — usually much more so than their worldly counterparts. The truth is, disagreement is not equivalent to bias, fear or intolerance. Someone is not narrow-minded because they disagree. A person is not biased when they reach a conclusion that includes Bible study. Debate is not intolerance. Exposing sin is not hate speech. Christian, “contend earnestly for the faith” (cf. Jude 3).

—Rick Kelley, Prestonsburg KY church bulletin

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