The President, many in politics, and the Media, seem much more partial to the word pluralism than to the word liberty.
Pluralism is not the same as freedom. Pluralism says all choices are equally right, while freedom says you have the liberty to choose. You have the liberty to make right or wrong choices.
Tolerance, in the correct definition of the word, is part of freedom. It says, “I may not agree with your choices, but you, as a person created in the image of God, have the freedom to believe as you will.”
This is what Bible-believing Christians have espoused for two thousand years. (See Romans 10 and 14.) It is what, as pertaining to religious beliefs, Baptists call “individual soul liberty.” And it is why early Americans (most notably, Baptists) called for this kind of freedom in the Bill of Rights.
But there is a new and incorrect use for the term, tolerance today, and it is self-serving and hypocritical. It doesn’t mean tolerance in the traditional sense of the word at all. It means, “You must condone and support my choices—regardless of whether you believe they are right or wrong, and even at the expense of your beliefs.”
It is remarkably hypocritical for these forces in culture to preach their view of tolerance, and then exercise such marked intolerance toward those Christians who dare disagree with them. The only voices that are forcibly silenced on public college campuses are those of Christians, or others with conservative biblical values.
Proverbs 29:2 When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.
(Some of the above taken from an article written by Pastor Paul Chappell)
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