We are told that the most important quality one can display is that of tolerance. That is, when someone drops a crucifix in a jar of urine in the name of art, Christians are told protesting is intolerant. However, when a popular figure on a reality TV series quotes a widely-applicable Bible verse (1 Corinthians 6:9-10), another form of tolerance appears: faux tolerance. Popular among lawyers, news anchors, and progressives, this form of tolerance allows a few representatives of GLAAD appear on TV and demand the removal of the previously-mentioned popular figure upon a purported infraction of their standards.
Actually, I think that the politically-correct crowd has the definition of tolerance half right. I think that sometimes Christians need to see the value of a person even when the actions of that person directly contradict the faith Christians hold dear. On the other hand, when a Christian makes a comment that goes against the beliefs of our progressive friends, a little consideration would be appreciated.
For the new Christian that might want to train themselves in the reasons for extending these kindnesses, a review of the Old Testament treatment of the foreigner should be considered (that is, Numbers 15:15; Jeremiah 22:3; Exodus 12:49; and Leviticus 25:35-38) and the extension of that thought as expressed in Jesus’ Golden Rule (Luke 6:31-35) should be put to mind.
For the progressive that might want to explore new territory, consideration of the fact that no dictionary defines “tolerance” as including only liberal ideals should be pondered.