Tolerance & Inclusivity

Updated: Nov 7, 2020

By: Abianna Stiefel

Tolerance & Inclusivity...

These are buzzwords in today’s society, and I’ve been thinking about their implications to Christianity and the church.  In the current climate of our country, the message is inclusivity and tolerance.  But aren’t we called to be counter cultural? 

I was thinking about this when I heard the Holy Spirit say to me, “Heaven isn’t inclusive, and Jesus wasn’t tolerant.” 

I started thinking more about this statement and trying to unpack what it meant.  Throughout Jesus’ life we see that He didn’t tolerate sin, and the Bible is clear that heaven isn’t inclusive. 

In John 14:6 Jesus says, “I am the way and the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me.” 

These words are not inclusive.  Jesus is THE way, the ONLY way.  Not one of the ways, but THE ONLY way.  Heaven isn’t inclusive; there aren’t multiple ways to get to heaven, rather there is one way and that way is JESUS. 

Moving on to tolerance - a word that is the focus of conversations in homes, churches, and social circles - we look at Jesus’ life.  Don’t get me wrong, Jesus was more than happy to eat with sinners, tax collectors, and all kinds of people.  However, Jesus never tolerated sin.  Jesus ate with tax collectors, but He also told them to give back the money that they had stolen.  He loved them enough not to tolerate their sin. 

I was reading Lisa Bevere’s book, Adamant, and she brought up a fantastic point that while we must love people as Jesus loves them, we must hate what God hates.  We never hate people, but rather things. 

Proverbs 6:16 says “There are six things the Lord hates, seven that are detestable to Him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies, and a person who stirs up conflict in the community.” 

So, we have to decide that we can love all people, while hating the sin that the Lord hates.  Tauren Wells talked about this truth while sharing about one of his songs.  He stated that we can have 100 percent truth and 100 percent love at the same time.  It’s not one or the other.  We can have total love and total truth.  The church needs to come back to our understanding that heaven isn’t inclusive, and Jesus wasn’t tolerant.

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