Tolerance and Truth
Truth is polarizing. It can be rejected or accepted, but it will not be affected one way or another- it will still be truth.
Many people, over the course of thousands of years, were moved by God to write letters, historical accounts, prayers, songs, poetry, or prophetic messages under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit – the compilation of which we refer to as the Holy Bible, God’s word.
Two examples are Jeremiah, the Old Testament (weeping) prophet, whose unenviable job was to confront Israel’s sin and rebellion; and John, the New Testament disciple/apostle, who not only wrote a Gospel account of Jesus’ ministry, but also wrote letters (1, 2, & 3 John and The Revelation of Jesus Christ) to several churches of which he was considered an overseeing pastor and spiritual father.
The words of both Jeremiah and John have literally shaped humanity and history. Their words are still read and revered today.
However, not everyone received their words – not then, and not now. Though revered and received by many, their words are often rejected.
God instructed Jeremiah to write out the words of prophecy, and to deliver the scroll to the king. The king destroyed the scroll, burned it, and rejected every word.
“Take a scroll and write on it all the words that I have spoken to you ” Jeremiah 36:2 ESV
“As Jehudi read three or four columns, the king would cut them off with a knife and throw them into the fire in the fire pot, until the entire scroll was consumed in the fire that was in the fire pot. Yet neither the king nor any of his servants who heard all these words was afraid, nor did they tear their garments.” Jeremiah 36:23-24 ESV
Many generations later, John wrote with one goal in mind- that people would place their faith in Jesus Christ. His words were received by some and rejected by others.
“Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.” John 20:30-31 ESV
Not everyone receives truth. Many reject it. Truth is polarizing – it is either heeded or hated, but it cannot be ignored.
I am a believer and follower of Jesus Christ, and one who desires to proclaim the truth. As such, I have come to realize that, in a world which is moving further away from God with every generation, my words and my stance are becoming less popular and less acceptable than ever before.
Tolerance applies to everything but the truth. Many people have no tolerance whatsoever for that.
If we reject truth, what, then, is left to set us free?