Monday, March 25, 2013

... tolerance ...

     Karen, at This Old House 2, posted her thoughts on Saturday about Defining Marriage.  It is a touchy subject because there are so many emotions involved.  Marriage is a personal statement.  It is a public commitment that for some is defined by religion, and for others by the government.

     After reading through the 40something comments that had been made, I made this comment:

"Outside of breaking laws designed to protect us, it is not our place to judge others, only God has that right. I see so much intolerance at times that it makes me wonder if we will ever learn from our mistakes. Hitler and the Jews. Blacks and Whites. Catholics and Protestants. Straights and Gays. What will be next? Brunettes and Redheads? Old and young? Educated and Uneducated? I’m amazed at times at how we can so easily forget that we are all here on ONE planet, and our survival on this planet depends on us coming together as ONE.  To help each other, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, or whom we choose to love."

     If we are to survive ... if the human race is to survive ... if the Earth is to survive ... we must stop hating, and learn to be tolerant of each other.  We must love.
"Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you."
2 Corinthians 13:11

"Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love."
Ephesians 4:2

"It is absolutely clear that God has called you to a free life. Just make sure that you don’t use this freedom as an excuse to do whatever you want to do and destroy your freedom. Rather, use your freedom to serve one another in love; that’s how freedom grows. For everything we know about God’s Word is summed up in a single sentence: Love others as you love yourself. That’s an act of true freedom. If you bite and ravage each other, watch out—in no time at all you will be annihilating each other, and where will your precious freedom be then?"
Galatians 5:13-15
The Message


  1. Tolerance is essential. Tolerance of difference, unless that difference is based on causing others (human or animal) pain. And which of us is so perfect that we have the right to feel superior - to anyone.
    Thank you - this is a post which resonates very strongly.

  2. Shouldn't we be past tolerance? Shouldn't we have arrived at acceptance by now?

    1. Yes, we should have. But the first steps towards acceptance are tolerance. We are much farther along now than we were 20 years ago ... even 10 years ago.