When Tolerance is WrongPosted: May 18, 2011
Deuteronomy 12:29,30 – “When the Lord your God goes ahead of you and destroys the nations and you drive them out and live in their land, do not fall into the trap of following their customs and worshiping their gods. Do not inquire about their gods, saying, ‘How do these nations worship their gods? I want to follow their example.’
In 1908, Israel Zangwill, a British Jew, published The Melting Pot, a play about America that portrayed it as, well, a huge melting pot. He observed that people from all over the world go to America, rub shoulders with each other, and mix until their individual ways of life disappear. What ends up inside the vat bears no resemblance to what went in. It’s a whole new concoction—like a cake mix.
People try to do that with religion, too, melting and stirring until the result is a personal belief system that looks nothing like any of the original ingredients – they become experts on cooking up new religions in the name of tolerance.
Israel was supposed to be intolerant of any religion that did not worship the true God. The religions of surrounding nations were evil and corrupt. They were designed to destroy life, not uphold it. Israel was God’s special nation, chosen to be an example of what was right.
As Christians, we need to be completely intolerant of any sin-especially false religion. We should always be tolerant of people who hold differing views, but we should never tolerate or follow any belief or practice that is contrary to God’s Word. It will lead us away from God and his standards for living.