the intolerance of tolerance

I just saw this essay posted on Facebook. It’s a chilling explanation of how the religious leaders of our culture might justify the persecution of Christians as good and necessary. We shouldn’t be surprised by this, as our message is the same as Paul’s, and he was told by the Jews in Rome that “people everywhere are talking against this sect” (Acts 28:22). They still are.

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  1. It is telling that the crux (pun intended) of her argument against evangelical Christianity comes down to the claim that Christ is the only way to salvation:

    “But my friend is a theological conservative, and so far as I know, all conservative evangelicals believe there is but one way to salvation: through faith in Jesus as your personal savior. That stance turns everyone else into an infidel. An unbeliever. A moral pervert. A sinner doomed by God to everlasting punishment. So if these “others” are offending God by their sins and are on their way to hell, what covert permission is being given to those inclined to act violently on their prejudices?”

  2. This is becoming more typical of intolerant liberals and is what worries me: “So if these ‘others’ are offending God by their sins and are on their way to hell, what covert permission is being given to those inclined to act violently on their prejudices? ”

    There is absolutely no grounds for this. Christians, by and large, are not the ones perpetuating religious violence around the world but that is the tag being slapped on conservative Christians on an increasingly regular basis. Perhaps that misguided label will not gain traction and fall away eventually, but I wouldn’t bet on it. Homosexual rights advocates spin the issue so that if you oppose homosexuality, you hate people despite what you say.

  3. The implication that Christian Evangelicals are all in the same playing field in regards to hate crimes and disagreement of sexual orientation is merely a label. Statistics look at a wide view, while what matters most are PEOPLE. I hope, personally, that I am known by my name and override the broad stereotype of a label that I fall under. The crowd representation in any sect, religion, or even a nation may not represent the individual. What we must do is be Christ on an individual basis, one person at a time, and flesh out God’s reconciliation with the good creation. If we are to be labeled, lets be labeled as ambassadors of the new creation.

  4. Reblogged this on Ruminations on Life and commented:
    Chilling indeed!

  5. “…what covert permission is being given to those inclined to act violently on their prejudices?”

    Begs the question: How is acting violently compatible with a Biblical Christianity? Acting violently in such a manner is clearly sin and not in keeping with a profession of Christian faith. Covert permission is NOT being given for anyone to act violently. This faulty premise has been repeated so often and, as with a repeated lie, becomes an accepted assumption….

  6. Hi Mike,
    My comments have nothing to do with your post (sorry!), but this is the only way I know to reach you. Do you have any recommended literature on a radical Protestant’s view of Advent. I’ve inherited a bunch of traditions at the church I lead (candle lighting, liturgical readings, song preferences) that I’m inclined to slowly eliminate (shhh…), but want to do so wisely. I remember hearing you briefly address this matter in one of your classes, but that’s been fourteen years and who can remember back that far. If you’re really feeling helpful and would like to talk about this for twenty minutes, I’d love to chat with you. Thanks.

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