Tolerance In The Church

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A Christian writer, John Wesley Reid, presented multiple different trends that the younger Christian generation has adopted. He challenges Christian Millennials to stop these habits, which hinder the spread of the Gospel to the world. He wrote the passage in response to a video gone viral which portrays Christians as people who are tolerant of people along with their sins. This concept of tolerance is misunderstood by many Christians and is invariably argued in the church today. I agree with Reid that tolerance and similar trends wrongly impact how non-Christians are viewed; therefore, the message of the Gospel is impaired. The Webster Dictionary defines tolerance as the “willingness to accept feelings, habits, or beliefs that are different …show more content…
Jesus says to “love our enemies, do good to those that hate you, and pray for those which despitefully use you and persecute you.” We are called to encourage people and to pray day and night for their salvation. We cannot push them to do what is right if they do not know Jesus. The Bible explicitly affirms that we desire to do what is right and are restored once we come to know Christ. If we have to sanctify ourselves before we can accept Jesus then why do we need a savior? Therefore, we cannot judge those who have not come to Christ since they have no desire or need to do right. All that is good and right comes from God and our commission is to lead non-believers to Christ no matter who they are or what they are …show more content…
This is true in a sense, but how can we know how to love like Jesus without knowing him and his commands? He goes on to argue that theology and love are intertwined. If a person is truly trying to follow Jesus’ example of love, then they will desire to know him and study his life. When we study Christ, we begin to see how we are supposed to love others and how we need to encourage them to take the right paths.
Love without theology is meaningless. If we did not have theology why would we love people? God gives us purpose in loving people by calling us to glorify him and further his kingdom on earth, which is an irresistible, unconditional love. Moreover, if we do not study Jesus and his example of love, we cannot compare to discern if we truly love a person unconditionally. No one can fully comprehend God, but studying him provides meaning to an otherwise meaningless

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