“Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good” Romans 12:9.
We must grow in our intolerance! Oooh, did I just say that out loud?
In the world that tells us we must be tolerant of everything but truth, there is no longer anything such as sin. By the world’s new moral code that we must live by, the absolutes of good and evil are gone as we graciously accept anything that anybody does as OK by his or her personal code of ethics.
“Judge not lest ye be judged” is twisted and thrown back in a Christian’s face if he is so intolerant as to claim that the standard he has chosen is not his own but God’s. But that’s not what God meant when Jesus spoke the words of Matthew 7:1. We are to discern what is evil first in our own plank-filled eye but then in the speck-filled eye of our brother, whom we love enough not to want to see perish in eternal fire.
Love must be sincere, God commands. Then He tells us to hate what is evil – not to accept it or tolerate it in ourselves or others – but to stigmatize certain behaviors as ‘sinful’ and ‘wrong,’ all the while clinging to other behaviors we’ve seen God be so ‘intolerant’ as to mark as ‘good.’
Are you as ‘intolerant’ as God would have you be?
Plattsburgh church of Christ
author of Kin of Cain
a Christian historical fantasy