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Hated by the World – John 7:7

As disciples of Jesus, we should not wave the flag of tolerance. Let your life and your words bear witness to the truth and against evil. But do so in love and with the hope of rescuing the perishing (Jude 1:22-23).

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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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Thyatira: The Tolerant Church – Revelation 2:18-29

In the second and third chapters of Revelation are letters from Jesus to seven of the first century churches in what is today Turkey.  While I believe these letters were addressed to real churches of that day, I also believe they have great application to our churches today.  The fourth of these was to the church of Thyatira. “To the angel of the church in Thyatira write: These are the words of the Son of God, whose eyes are like blazing fire and whose feet are like burnished bronze.  I know your deeds, your love and faith, your service and …

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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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Muppets, Chicken and Tolerance

Chick-Fil-A is a fast food restaurant specializing in chicken.  They have no stores where I live, but I have been into a couple while on travel.  They seemed to be clean and friendly with good food and service, so long as you did not want to eat on Sunday.  Chick-Fil-A is owned and operated by Christians who support Christian charities and traditional family values.  Anyone is welcome to eat at Chick-Fil-A’s, and, as far as I know, employment laws would prevent them from discriminating against people seeking employment based on sexual preference. The Jim Henson Company is in the entertainment …

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