About Jesus - Steve (Stephen) Sweetman

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Our Problem With Cultural Tolerance  


To begin, it is my opinion that our western-world culture's concept of tolerance isn't tolerant.  In Darwinian evolutionary vernacular, cultural tolerance is all about the survival of the fittest.  Whoever or whatever cultural community successfully fights their way to the top of the cultural heap of confusion gets to define tolerance.  In all practicalities, then, tolerance is selective tolerance.  The winner of the cultural contest gets to dictate his or their brand of tolerance.       


As Christians, we believe in an absolute universal truth that everyone, everywhere, must embrace.  The source of this truth is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, and He mandates us to make disciples of Jesus from all ethnic peoples.  Therein lies our problem with cultural tolerance; a concept founded on the belief that truth is relative,  meaning, there is no absolute universal truth.  Truth varies from person to person, from place to place, and from time to time.  That being the preferred cultural stance concerning truth, anyone believing that truth is absolute and universal can't be tolerated, and that's selective tolerance.


If as Christians we concede to cultural tolerance we become hypocritical.  We espouse our allegiance to one absolute universal truth but our lives defy the truth we espouse.  They say we can have our faith as long as we keep it to ourselves, but that is not an option for us.  Our faith does not allow for a private faith.  We are to evangelize our faith.   


To be clear, there is a Biblical view of tolerance, especially among fellow believers, but in the process of toleration, we cannot deny Biblical truth.  If we step beyond the boundaries of Biblical truth in the process of tolerating, we step outside the limits our faith sets for us.  Tolerance does not trump truth.    


I conclude that we cannot serve two masters.  It's either cultural tolerance founded on no absolute truth or Jesus who is absolute truth.  We take Jesus and let the chips fall where they may as we lay aside any prideful arrogance and preach Jesus in a bold humility.   


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