Sentenced to Silence
Tolerance has become the high moral ground instead of truth. Tolerance should not be confused with consideration. We should be considerate of all, but that doesn’t mean we embrace their sin. Jesus commended the Church of Ephesus for not tolerating sin, and He condemned the Church of Thyatira for tolerating sexual vice (Rev. 2:2, 20). This is just the opposite of what goes on in today’s society.
For the most part our society has set truth aside and declared that there are no absolutes. However, in not defining what is right or wrong and good or evil, we have set ourselves up to be held hostage to every fanatical belief that comes along. And if we don’t embrace everyone’s personal beliefs, we are considered intolerant. One Gallup poll showed that 88 percent of evangelical Christians believe that ‘the Bible is the written word of God and is totally accurate in all it teaches,’ yet 53 % of those same evangelicals say there is not absolute truth.
The bottom line is that many do not want to be told that there are truths and absolutes in life because it makes them accountable for their actions. There are consequences for our choices, but so many people believe that they are “good” people and therefore deserve whatever is good. They feel entitled to receive “good” things in life, and they expect the same in the afterlife—not realizing that “good” will not get anyone into heaven.
Some will accuse the Christian of being judgmental and condemning. However, to “judge” is to find a person guilty and implies punishment. The word judge means “to pass judgment upon in a court of law; to pass sentence upon; condemn.” Christians do not instill punishment by any means. A Christian merely informs someone of the way to avoid a future punishment, which will be brought by God not the Christian. And God doesn’t even want to punish the wrongdoer; He wants to forgive them!
In addition, Christianity does not force its beliefs on anyone. We are taught to respect everyone’s beliefs and opinions, but we should not be afraid or intimidated to stand up for our convictions. There are many people who disagree with popular opinion, but won’t voice their disagreement for fear of being thought of as intolerant or hateful. People treat tolerance these days as if it were a virtue. Tolerance should not be confused with consideration. We should be considerate of all but intolerant of evil.
In order to further silence those who hold a Biblical worldview, society passes laws to enforce their standards or beliefs. Psalm 94:20 says, “shall the throne of iniquity have fellowship with Thee, which frameth mischief by a law?” In other words, when evil man wants to promote his mischievous agenda, he makes up a law in order to enforce his wickedness.
Isaiah 5:20 says, “Woe unto them that call evil good and good evil…”
1 Corinthians 13:6 says, “Love does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth.”
Romans 12:2 says, “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”