The church calls this movement the new tolerance. They say that this cultural movement threatens to destroy you, your faith, and your children.
Some of it may but some will only be better.
In the early 1900’s anyone with a mental illness were locked up in mental institution. They were also given a lobotomy to prevent having kids like them.
Even way back during the Salem Witchcraft trials, the religious leaders back then would accused anyone with mental illness as being witches. They even done that during the time that Jesus walked the earth. They accused Jesus of being possessed by the devil when he went about doing all those healings.
If parents had a child with disability they were advised to lock them away in a mental institution. Even when it came to adopting children with mental or physical disability, the church and adoption agency wouldn’t really allow it.
Now days, the mental institution is now close. People with disability are becoming a part of society. Some lives in group homes and some on their own.
This is only one of many things that changed in society and is becoming accepted as a new tolerance.
When Mary, the mother of Jesus, was pregnant before she wed Joseph, she became pregnant by the Holy Spirit. Joseph was about to not marry her and to protect her by doing his best to keep it a secret. The reason: The religious leaders back then would had stone Mary for being an unwed mother.
For a long time in this country, being a single mother was sinful. Having a child out-of-wedlock was a sin according to the church and religious leaders. In the early 1900’s, any woman becoming pregnant was told to give the baby up or put them away in an orphanage.
In the 50’s due to the birth of Rock and Roll, Christian values came under attack. When Elvis was shown on TV, they only shown his top half to avoid seeing him shake his pelvis area.
To them dancing like that or with someone that you were not married to was a sin. Many churches felt that way.
During the 60’s and sexual revolution, single women was becoming pregnant. I’m a child of the 60’s and born to a single mother. I’m not saying she wasn’t with my real father; they just never married. Even though my mother was Feminist and a single mother; she was also raised Catholic. Because of her upbringing in the Catholic church, she felt that I should be baptized. The Catholic belief was, since I was born out-of-wedlock, I was a sinner and destine for hell.
As the years gone by, there are more and more single mothers out there; not only because of divorce or death of a spouse but because of having children out-of-wedlock.
How many of your classmates had gotten pregnant in high school?
There was 3 in my class. One was a Freshman and she had her son on her own. The other 2 were Seniors. They did married the father.
Back to my mother, there was times, she would worked 2-3 jobs just to keep me. My grandmother helped raised me. My mother never went on welfare. I admire woman like that than those who goes on welfare; and have kids just to keep getting money from the government. It’s not easy being a single mother but it also takes courage when it comes to these religious leaders.
My mother was a true feminist. She would bring home the bacon and fry it too.
Isn’t this what Christianity really about, loving and accepting people the way they are?
To tolerate is to recognize and respect other’s beliefs? But yet, these so-called religious leaders are quick to judge and not accept.
Romans 8:1, “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”
Yet, look how quickly the church and these self-righteous leaders are to condemn others; without looking at the speck in their own eyes.
It is not enough for you to assert another person’s right to believe or say what he thinks is right.
It’s not enough to accept people for who they are in society, despite of their lifestyles; such as homosexuality.
Do you know why it seems so hard to pass such values onto the next generation these days?
The new tolerance is increasingly displaces all other virtues in our schools, government, society and churches.
We are all equals; but some are not treated as equal.
Nonagreement is phobia!
Nonconformity is hate!
How does Christian love act in a culture dominated by the new tolerance?
There’s so much information from this book I’m holding in the picture at the top of this blog.
Jesus wanted us to love everyone and to be tolerant of their shortcomings. We are not to be like the hypocrite and self-righteous religious leaders who are quick to judge others. Love wins in the end!
As a country, we have came a long way in accepting others; but we still have a long way to go. There are certain groups that still have to fight for acceptance by the Christian church.
I’m not saying that we have to accept their behaviors. We just have to accept them and tolerate them as we live here on earth. Love them anyway!!