Monday, October 6, 2008

Tolerance and Acceptance

Today's Daily Soap {Scripture | Observation | Application | Prayer}
  • S: "Be alert. If you see your friend going wrong, correct him. If he responds, forgive him. Even if it's personal against you and repeated seven times through the day, and seven times he says, 'I'm sorry, I won't do it again,' forgive him." Luke 17:3-4 [MSG]
  • O: God has commanded us to look out for each other and to offer correction to those who stray.
  • A: In a world where the buzz words are tolerance and acceptance, it can be easy to get caught up in the buzz and be confused by those who say that it isn't Christ-like to be intolerant. But Christ never taught tolerance. Christ taught us to keep watch over each other, to offer correction to those who stray, and to forgive them if they repent. Granted, He told us that we should forgive them as often as they repent -- just as He does for us -- but He never told us to become tolerant of their sinful ways or to accept those sinful ways as okay. Tolerance and acceptance are the devil's way of convincing us that sin is okay. Tolerance and acceptance have no place in the Kingdom of God. With love and forgiveness there is no need for tolerance and acceptance.
  • P: Father, the confusion that the devil has created with tolerance and acceptance has infected society so deeply that many have promoted it in Your name. Help Your people, Lord, to see through the confusion and to resist the devil's attempts to infect us with his talk of tolerance and acceptance. Help us to show love and forgiveness to all in Your name and to help others to find their way out of sin and into Your arms.
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