I’ve been around the church world for most of my life, so I’ve met some very interesting people, seen unusual things and experienced a plethora of human and supernatural events. Many people in the church world are nothing less than pure pleasure and altogether phenomenal. Some people, not so much and that’s the rub.
It seems that we want Christians to be consistently kind, loving and prefect. When we get to heaven, I’m sure our flaws and foibles will be smoothed out, along with our dysfunctions, shortfalls and sins. In the meantime, how should we deal with being judgmental, hostility & intolerance, not only in the church, but also in the world where we live?
This morning, I read James 2:15 and the end of the verse was a sobering confrontation for me in how I deal with the judgmental stuff: Mercy triumphs over judgment.
Of course I want all the mercy I can get, but I would be wise to be liberal with mercy because judgment has a way of coming back like an abrasive and hurtful boomerang 🙂
Our modern culture applauds tolerance with great conviction. We are strongly encouraged to tolerate all kinds of diversity (spicy food, GF diets, people with different ideas, age diversity, socioeconomic backgrounds, ethnicity, religion etc). In general, I think that tolerance is a nice idea but sometimes it’s application can get hazy. For example:
truth will never tolerate deception & vice versa (antonyms are inherently intolerant)
intimacy will never tolerate violence
genuine love will never tolerate indifference or apathy
While I think that tolerance is a nice idea, let’s not think that it should be the guiding principle nor conviction for our daily living. Tolerance should never replace genuine love 🙂