Tolerance is described in the dictionary as a fair, objective, and permissive attitude toward those whose opinions, practices, race, religion, nationality, etc., differ from one’s own; freedom from bigotry.
The opposite of being tolerant is to be narrow minded, unbending, inflexible and one who is considered a bigot. In today’s world we are asked to be tolerant of everyone. We are to accept all things good or bad – unusual or ordinary – bigoted or free thinking – even if it goes against what we believe.
It has become the acceptable way to be. Jesus told His disciples not to judge others, lest they be judged by God. Jesus was the most tolerant human being ever to walk the earth, but even though He walked and talked with thieves, prostitutes and the outcasts of the world, He was very committed to show them what God expects of all of us.
We all face God’s final judgment, but even though God is tolerant and has forgiven the entire world, He will not receive those who defile His word or His name. In my opinion it’s much easier to go along with the masses and accept everything and everybody. It’s harder to stand up for what you believe and stay true to it.
Will we be tolerant today? I hope we can continue to remain so without losing our convictions. God’s tolerance is unconditional. He loves each and every one of us, in spite of the wrong we do and He wants us to be with Him in eternity, but He also expects us to stay strong in our faith, true to His Word and to follow His commandments.