PASTOR'S POST: JANUARY 2020 “TOLERANT CHRISTIAN” IS AN OXYMORON!
I am always suspicious of an article with the word ‘moron’ in it. ‘Oxy’ is a prefix meaning sharp, pointed or acute. When combined with another word, such as ‘moron’, this combination means there is a contradiction in terms or ideas. Examples of ‘oxymorons might be; thunderous silence, or sweet sorrow. I called my wife and asked her to give me an oxymoron off of the top of her head. She said, “wise men.”
Christians are not to be tolerant. Sound strange? According to Webster’s Dictionary a tolerant person is one who allows, permits or does not interfere with. With 2020 here what are you willing to tolerate and not tolerate? Will you tolerate starving children? Will you tolerate anger and violence? Will you tolerate your own sin? Will you tolerate immorality? Will you tolerate our culture violating Biblical truth? Just what will you tolerate in 2020? It is a rather compelling question. Don’t confuse toleration with patience, kindness, goodness, longsuffering etc.
Finding his newly-appointed pastor standing at his study window in the church weeping as he looked over the inner city's tragic conditions, a layman sought to console him: "Don't worry. After you've been here a while, you'll get used to it." Responded the minister, "Yes, I know. That's why I am crying." Tolerant Christian is an oxymoron.
You may remember a few years ago when Snoopy, the loveable beagle in the Peanuts cartoon, had his left leg broken. Hundreds wrote letters to Snoopy or sent sympathy cards. Snoopy himself philosophized about his plight one day while perched on top of his doghouse and looking at the huge white cast on his leg. "My body blames my foot for not being able to go places. My foot says it was my head's fault, and my head blamed my eyes.... My eyes say my feet are clumsy, and my right foot says not to blame him for what my left foot did...." Snoopy looks out at his audience and confesses, "I don't say anything because I don't want to get involved."
Get involved in 2020. Become intolerant of evil and suffering. What would the world be like if Jesus had been tolerant of evil and suffering? Now that is a scary thought. God bless you in this New Year as we continue our pilgrimage in the name and by the power of God Almighty.
God Almighty, who was, who is, and who always will be our guide and direct us in His grace.