The word “sin,” in the sense of disobedience of the will of God, is practically non-existent in many social and political settings today. Such a label is frowned upon, if not ridiculed.
Yet there is an ever-increasing awareness in the world of a “great evil” and all are encouraged to reject it emphatically. Though it may not be referred to as “sin,” it is regarded as one of the most egregious wrongs that one can commit today. It may be summed up in one word: intolerance.
We are encouraged by family, neighbors, fellow employees, teachers, religious leaders, politicians, film and music professionals, etc., to “tolerate” the beliefs and lifestyles of others. On the surface, this seems like an innocuous plea. After all, what could possibly be wrong about being more charitable, patient, and benevolent (synonyms of tolerant)?
Christians should be the first to “be at peace with all men” (Romans 12:18; Hebrews 12:14). However, the world’s appeal for tolerance goes beyond the recognition of legal status. Christians are also encouraged to celebrate the beliefs and lifestyles of others.
This strategy is being implemented starting in primary school, where children are instructed to read stories about “families” with “two dads” or others aimed at making the young and impressionable believe that gender is relative and that DNA has nothing to do with the matter.
The goal of those promoting this agenda is not simply tolerance but approval. They would like others to believe that marriage is not limited to a man with a woman, that sex outside of marriage is good, that homosexuality and lesbianism is normal, that abortion is a matter of personal choice, etc., etc. The Scriptures teach otherwise (Genesis 2:21-25; Matthew 19:1-6; 1 Corinthians 6:18; Leviticus 18:22; 20:13; Romans 1:26-27; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11; Psalms 139:13-16; Jeremiah 1:5).
Any kind of disapproval based on biblical conviction is met with harsh condemnation. Christians are accused of being judgmental, bigoted, or of having a “holier-than-thou” attitude. It doesn’t matter if they violate their consciences by celebrating what they believe to be sin. They should give in and keep their mouths shut. Some seem to have forgotten that tolerance is a two-way street.
Though the world treats Bible believers with disdain, they are called to not respond in kind. Like Jesus, when they are reviled, they must not revile in return. When they are threatened by the intolerance of those who reject the Bible’s teachings, they are called to take the high road, entrusting themselves to “him who judges justly” (1 Peter 2:21-23).