“Ultimately, tolerance is too weak a concept to be attributed to God. God is so much more than tolerant that Christians can rightly ignore it as a fundamental goal for their own lives – but only if they are willing to live by a much higher standard…The standard of love…By God’s standards we are worse than intolerant – we often fail to love.” Daniel Taylor, Is God Intolerant?
Nobody wants to be tolerated. None of us wants to be tolerated by friends, spouses, neighbors or co-workers. Yet we live in a culture that espouses tolerance as the answer that will bring harmony into dissonance, unity into diversity, and understanding into disagreement and disgust.
Only love - not tolerance - can bring real change from the inside out. Only love can change us at the level of our motivations and desires. And that’s real change. A changed life can, in turn, lead to changed relationships, families, workplaces and cities. “By God’s standards we are worse than intolerant – we often fail to love.” Love is much more difficult than tolerance, yet could anyone really live by the much higher standard of love?