In layman’s terms, tolerance is putting up with something undesirable. Now consider that tolerance might conceivably be current society’s most highly-esteemed value. Think about that. People of sound reason should ask, “Why tolerance?”
The meaning of tolerance today is not what it always was. Today, it has more of a connotation of appreciation and embrace. What does it appreciate? Anything. What does it embrace? Everything. People of faith know that’s not entirely accurate, though. Those who most strongly espouse the modern notion of tolerance are prone to be quite intolerant of those who hold to the original meaning of the term.
Take their attitude toward Christians, for instance. Christians work hard to eradicate social evils such as abortion, euthanasia, and so-called gay marriage, while simultaneously admitting that as long as this fallen world exists, evil of every kind will continue. When certain evils are out of one’s personal control, a Christian tolerates them, but never accepts or embraces them. They neither could nor should. This position, held by the vast majority of people who ever lived, is found intolerable by so many today. Modern “tolerators” even go so far as to call people like the Christians described above as ignorant, backward bigots. Ironic. Christians may be intolerant of actions, but those who espouse modern tolerance are actually intolerant of and attack persons.
So what can you and I do in the face of what can only be described as something sinister? I have a suggestion.