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Archive for October 8th, 2008

Tolerance

Yeah, I’ve been away for awhile. Bipolar? Not so much fun. I’m just sayin’. But I’ve been diligently working with my doctor and the nurse practitioner, and I’m starting therapy again.  So things will get better. I have faith.

Anyway, I found this passage in a book I’m reading, and wanted to capture it before I forget where I read it. (When you read a lot, you do things like that.)

“The traditional definition of tolerance is living peaceably alongside others in spite of differences. But that view of tolerance has been twisted today to mean that everyone must accept the other person’s viewpoints without question because truth is relative. What’s true for one person may not be true for another person, right? . . . That was exactly what was happening in the days of Noah and in the days of Lot. Everyone was doing what was right in their own eyes. And it’s the same today. Society preaches tolerance of every viewpoint and everyone–with one big exception: those people who have a strong religious faith. That’s where their double-standard tolerance ends. Incredibly, people of faith are persecuted precisely because they do believe in absolute truth, in absolute moral values.” (Frank Peretti, Babylon Rising: The Secret on Ararat, p. 78)

I’ve noticed in myself lately the reluctance to state my opinion about something, because I know how it would be viewed by my friends or people who might be reading what I have to say. I’d be viewed as intolerant, anti-women’s rights, homophobic, etc., when the fact is that I’m none of those things. I believe that Heavenly Father has given us commandments on how we should live our lives out of love and kindness, out of a sure knowledge that to follow those commandments leads to life eternal. 

I know it’s easy to say that I should step up and be open, regardless of the consequences. But if those consequences including hurting people I dearly love, what then? How do I handle it? These people have already been so badly wounded by life. Right now I do a lot of praying, and trust that the Lord will guide them and me.

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