We hear a lot today that we should all become more tolerant and less judgmental. Tolerance, taken in its intended form, is indeed a virtue. It means to accept others who approach life in a different way. For instance, there really is more than one way to skin a cat. We should tolerate alternate forms of cat-skinning that vary from our preferred methods. But these days the concept of tolerance has expanded beyond cat-skinning and now includes every activity one could possibly imagine.
In its current state, tolerance has become the supreme virtue for the politically correct Gestapo. It has been redefined to affirm all sorts of immoral behavior. Everything is to be accepted, and to feel otherwise makes you – gasp! – judgmental. Americans are so afraid of being labeled as intolerant or judgmental, that we have warped into a society with few boundaries.
William Bennett addressed this misuse of the word “judgmental” when he said, “Without being judgmental, America would never have put an end to slavery, outlawed child labor, emancipated women, or ushered in the civil rights movement. Nor would we have prevailed against Nazism and Soviet communism, or known how to explain our opposition.”
Do not let anyone else define your core ethical standards. Tolerance is about showing respect and fairness to all people we disagree with. When in doubt, go to the Word, focus on Jesus’ life and teachings, and ask the Holy Spirit to show you how to be tolerant of people you disagree with, while never affirming evil.