“But I have this against you, that you tolerate…” (Revelation 2:20)
Our culture today tells us to be tolerant. In fact, we are to tolerate not just a few things but anything and everything. We are told that we have no right to be intolerant of someone else’s opinion. Their point of view is valid—even if it is absolutely ludicrous.
Strange as this may sound for me to say, for us as Christians, there is a measure of truth in being tolerant. We should not be harsh and judgmental. Instead we should always endeavor to be loving. In some sense, this may mean being tolerant.
On the other hand, this does not mean we accept anything and everything that comes along. Awhile ago, Ryan Dobson wrote a book entitled, Be Intolerant, Because Some Things Are Just Stupid. He’s right. God’s Word is clear that there are some things that we—as Christ’s followers—are not to tolerate.
Don’t be duped into believing the culture’s mantra of tolerance. God always wants us to be intolerant of sin—anything that is contrary to Him and His nature. We still love the sinner, but we don’t tolerate the sin.