I was watching the news last night and there was a report about words that are overused and should be left out of our daily conversations. Apparently someone compiled a list of words that are just way overused and suggested we drop them from our vocabulary.
This report made me think of words that I believe are overused in the wrong manner, or in a way that is actually destructive. The word that came to my mind first was tolerance, a word which I believe can actually be deadly.
Tolerance in and of itself is not a bad word, but the way in which it is used today is dangerous. The way in which the modern Christian church uses it is disturbing and heartbreaking to God. The world has infected so many churches with the lie that while we disagree with things like homosexuality, abortion, euthanasia, etc., we should be tolerant of these acts and those who commit them.
Don’t get me wrong; I strongly believe in loving the sinner and hating the sin. However, this does not mean that we should tolerate sin and ignore the death and destruction that come with it.
Have you seen those bumper stickers that show many different religious symbols that are mixed together to spell “coexist”? This sticker makes me angrier than any sticker with foul language or a crude saying. This is a lie that has infected this world into believing that false religions such as Buddhism, Islam or Mormonism are all paths to the same God.
Do we as Christians believe God’s word when Christ says in John 14:6 ”Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me’”? If we truly believe that the Bible is the Word of God and the absolute truth, we must be distressed by the false religions that are swallowing up so many souls. We cannot tolerate these lies that are leading our friends and neighbors to hell, but we must actually be intolerant of these lies.
When we look back in history, we celebrate the intolerance of so many heroes who decided not to tolerate the evils of their times. In just a few weeks we will be celebrating the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., one of most intolerant men to ever walk the earth.
Dr. King was a man who believed that we as a nation must stand up against a great evil that had kept so many of our brothers and sisters in bondage. He knew that for the truth to break through the lies, he and those who would stand with him must be absolutely intolerant of racism.
Harriet Tubman believed that no man should be held as a slave — that man was to be free. She knew that our government did not see things the same way as she, but that she was right and had the truth of God on her side. She embraced the virtue of intolerance, went against the status quo of her day and risked her life to save her fellow human person.
I could go on telling the story of so many heroes from history who were intolerant of tyranny, evil and sin. I could probably write a whole book detailing the courage, drive and passion of these great people, but I want to focus on some more recent heroes who songs have not been sung yet.
Joe Scheidler, Nellie Gray, George Grant, Jeff White, Troy Newman… these are names of just a few of my heroes. These are names some of you may know and if you don’t know them now, you will some day.
Why are these great human beings my heroes? Why do I feel so strongly that they will one day be talked about in history books for their intolerance? These men and women are pioneers in the fight against the most evil injustice we have ever seen. These men and women have chosen to live a life of intolerance, an intolerance of the killing of innocent human persons though abortion.
The first man on this list is Joe Scheidler, a man who once marched with Dr. King, standing for the rights of our black brothers and sisters to be treated as equal human persons. Joe has been fighting for the right of his fellow human person ever since he marched with Dr. King, living a life of intolerance of prejudice.
Jeff White, the man who taught me the truth about what abortion is, is the man who inspired me to give my life to this fight. Jeff and his family mentored me when I decided to go full time in pro-life ministry. Jeff is first person to teach me that we cannot tolerate the killing of children, but that we have an obligation to stand up and be a voice.
When I think of these heroes and the beautiful examples they have been in my life, I am motivated to become even more intolerant of this holocaust that is now almost 38 years long. I know that the example they have been to me is also the example I must be to my children and the youth who work with Stand True.
I strongly believe that we as Christians need to stop running from words like “fanatic” and “intolerant.” I am proud to be fanatical about Jesus and Christianity. I am unwavering in my intolerance towards child-killing. I fail to see how we are helping anyone by being a tolerant, apathetic, impotent church. Can you imagine if Dr. King just walked around saying that he was pro-choice about racism? Can you imagine where we would be if he decided to tolerate segregation?
I will pledge this year to teach this generation that we cannot believe the lies of this world: that tolerating these evils breaks God’s heart. I will look to the lives of heroes from history and my heroes from the past 38 years as I strive draw from their courage. I will not give into the apathy that is binding so many of my generation. I will not tolerate the spilling of innocent blood. I will Stand True.
Intolerance. What a beautiful thing.
LifeNews.com Note: Bryan Kemper is the president of Stand True Ministries, a pro-life group that reaches out to youth and young adults. He is the author of a new book, Social Justice Begins In The Womb.