Tolerance or Love??


From what I’ve read and seen, a large portion of Evangelical Christianity seems to think that since we are called to love in the Bible, that means we are supposed to be tolerant of people’s sin.  Because, you know, we love them, and that means we shouldn’t interfere, and God loves them just as they are anyway!  No!  Love is not tolerance!  We need to love people enough that we are willing to talk to them about hard issues such as sin, hell, and judgement.  We need to love people enough to get over our political correctness and tell them the good news!!

As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

Ephesians 2:1-10 NIV

This is amazing news!!  And we can’t just sit here and stay silent with it burning in our hearts!  Let’s do something!  Let’s “Tell the world that Jesus saves”!!  The apostles never let the popular opinion govern what they said!  They broke all social guidelines and stated the truth boldly!  Let’s do the same!!  No more fluff and candy, let’s give them life-saving food!  (Cool analogy, right? I made it up on the spot!)


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