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Tolerance: Seemingly No Longer a Virtue

Everywhere I look I hear people screaming for tolerance. But it seems like for the most part they are wanting people to accept them and their opinions, without being willing to reciprocate. Google defines tolerance as “the ability or willingness to tolerate something, in particular the existence of opinions or behavior that one does not necessarily agree with.” It means I don’t get all bent out of shape when someone disagrees with me, implying that I can carry on a reasonable dialog with one who shares a differing opinion. My face to face social interaction with other people is fairly …

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Thoughts on the 2016 Election

Finally, one of the most troubling presidential elections I can remember is over, although the conflict seems far from resolved. I cannot recall so much animosity being displayed between candidates and their passionate followers.  I generally avoid talking about politics, did not follow the debates, do not read a newspaper and don’t watch a lot of TV. But even then it has been hard to escape from all the hatred and anger that seems to be seething throughout our society; and now appears to be boiling over in places. Facebook has been particularly challenging over the past few months, and …

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The Science of Abortion

Abortion has been a hot topic through most of the 40+ years of my adult life, and probably before.  While I do have an opinion on abortion, I have seldom entered into the debate; mostly because I try hard to avoid conflict.  But I am finding myself drawn to this issue now and can no longer remain silent. Just to be clear, I am a Christian and was raised in a believing home.  It is hard to separate my upbringing and faith from how I view the world and what goes on in it.  By no means is that an …

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What Tribe Do You Belong To?

I have a Facebook friend who made the following post recently, and I felt compelled to respond to him, not because I took exception to his comment, but because he makes a good point that deserves a response. *preface* I am not okay with the slaughter of Christians going on in the Middle East…..that being said…..I’m sick of hearing all the outrage from Christians about it who think its just so barbaric and wrong when your religion has done the same thing to MILLIONS over the centuries. The Crusades, the Inquisition and what you did to the Native Americans in …

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The Intolerance of Tolerance

Tolerance: the ability or willingness to tolerate something, in particular the existence of opinions or behavior that one does not necessarily agree with. Tolerate: allow the existence, occurrence, or practice of (something that one does not necessarily like or agree with) without interference.  Tolerance is a virtue that many people espouse, but I wonder how many of those calling for tolerance really understand what the word means.  Tolerance does not mean that we all agree with each other.  Tolerance implies just the opposite.  We have differing opinions, beliefs or behaviors that we disagree about.  Tolerance means that we recognize the differences, …

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Homosexuality and the Bible

I am a follower of Jesus, a Christian.  I try to follow the teaching of Jesus and the apostles as recorded in the New Testament.  I hang out mostly with other Christians.  And all of that has an effect on how I react to social issues in the community at large.  And one of the biggest social issues today seems to be concerning homosexuality.  It is causing much anguish, gnashing of teeth, and condemnation in the Christian community today.  But why? Well, the Bible does seem to clearly speak against the practice.  I know there are those who argue that …

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Honor the Emperor – 1 Peter 2:14-17

13 Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human authority: whether to the emperor, as the supreme authority, 14 or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right. 15 For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish people. 16 Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as God’s slaves. 17 Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God, honor the emperor. 1 Peter 2:14-17 NIV …

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